My post a couple of weeks ago about the lack of corn piles prompted quite a few personal responses.

Most agreed with my assessment of the corn grain sales situation in SW Minnesota and NW Iowa and the conclusion that on-farm storage has increased enough that farmers didn’t sell as much corn this fall as we’ve come to expect.

On the other hand, several pointed out the massive piles of grain in North and South Dakota. That makes sense when you consider the record yields they had this year and the large expansion in acreage for corn and soybeans in these states.

On-farm grain storage has not expanded in this region yet to the level necessary to accommodate this fall’s crop, meaning producers had few options other than sales of grain at harvest to the local coops.

The very cold weather we’ve been experiencing in this region is going a long way towards keeping the grain in these massive piles in good condition.

On another note, the PED virus has been reported in many sites in southern Minnesota in the past 2 weeks.

The common theme among those that have become infected at sow sites is to make all sows as sick as possible as rapidly as possible so that maternal immunity can begin showing up in the milk in about 3 weeks. In the mean time, everyone that has had the disease in a sow unit agrees that you will loose about 4 weeks of production.

At the break it appears that you get 100% mortality in pigs under 1 week of age and you have all pigs born in the next 3 weeks or so become infected shortly after birth and die.

Once maternal immunity becomes available to the suckling pigs in about 3 weeks you can begin saving pigs.

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