In some ways, many Missouri farmers are going to have to deal with too much of a good thing in a few weeks. But they might soon get some help.
A moist spring, a mild summer, some heat—-they’re adding up to record corn and bean crops, the kind that the phrase “bin buster” was created to describe, not just in Missouri but in the 17 other states that produce 91 percent of the nation’s corn.
Soybean farmers are in the same fix. The corn and bean harvests are expected to be so large there won’t be room to put them. Prices generally go the opposite way of the harvest. High harvests, low prices.
University of Missouri Agronomist Bill Wiebold says farmers will store millions of bushels, somehow and somewhere, until prices go up. “We’re going to have to find ways to store it outside. And outside grain has some limitations in terms of trying to keep the grain quality,” he says. Whatever choice farmers make, they’ll have to worry about keeping bugs and rodents out of their stored grains, and worry about controlling the moisture level of the stored gain. Wiebold says some of his colleagues in agriculture and engineering hope to have some recommendations soon. But time is getting short. Some harvesting already is underway in the Bootheel.