Grain bagging tips

Craig Fisher, Richardton, N.D., and John Anderson, Clifford, N.D., have learned a trick or two about using grain bags. The farmers say bags give them more options during harvest (see Page 3). The following are some of their top tips for bagging grain successfully:

Grain bagging tips

Craig Fisher, Richardton, N.D., and John Anderson, Clifford, N.D., have learned a trick or two about using grain bags. The farmers say bags give them more options during harvest (see Page 3). The following are some of their top tips for bagging grain successfully:

1. If you plan to buy a bagger, visit a farm and see how baggers work. Fisher says Loftness — one of several grain manufacturers — provides videos showing how to set up the equipment and attach the bags to the loader.

2. Pick good sites to place bags. There’s a lot to consider. Loftness recommends selecting well-drained areas that you can get to in winter and aren’t too muddy in the spring. You’ll want to be able to get tractors, the unloader and semis to the site to unload the bags. You’ll also want to be out of areas that deer and antelope frequent. Anderson says he likes to place bags near roads for that reason. You’ll also want to consider how far the grain cart has to run to get to the bags. Sites in the middle of a field work best.

3. Lay out the bags in a north-south direction, if possible, so that the sun doesn’t shine only on one side of the bag.

4. Scatter urea on the ground where you are going to place the bag to keep mice out from underneath it. Mice won’t infest the grain, because there’s no oxygen in the bag, but the holes they create will leak grain when the bag is unloaded.

5. Check bags weekly after they are filled for holes and tears in the plastic. Repair them with the tape provided by the manufacturer.

6. Place a 4-by-4-inch piece of lumber under the front of the bag, about 5 to 10 feet from the end of the bag. It will prevent any water that may get through the end of the bag from flowing down the length of the bag and spoiling grain.

Key Points

Farmers have learned some tricks in using bags to store grain.

Learn how to attach bags to the bag loader.

Select sites that will be easy to get to and are away from wildlife trails.

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LOAD FAST: Craig Fisher stands in front of one of Loftness’ largest grain-bag loaders. It will fill a 12-foot-diameter by 500-foot-long bag with 33,000 bushels of grain.

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SPREAD OUT: When placing grain bags in rows, make sure you can get equipment between them.

POST TRICK (Bottom): Laying a post under the bag, about 5 to 10 feet from the loading end, will prevent any water from flowing down the length of the back.

This article published in the July, 2014 edition of DAKOTA FARMER.

All rights reserved. Copyright Farm Progress Cos. 2014.

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