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The era of high grain prices is temporarily over. “We’ve lived in a period of time the last several years where there has been very little grain carryover, markets have been good, and almost everybody has been marketing grain by June 1,” says Gary Woodruff, GSI. Like it or not, the tides have changed. To most effectively market your grain, you may need to store it into summer and possibly into the next year. To do so, you’re going to need to store it properly. If you don’t and it goes out of condition, you may have to market corn before you’re ready, warns Woodruff. 1. Prepare grain bins. The first step for quality grain is to make sure your storage facilities are prepared for the grain going in. Clean out your bins and get rid of any grain left that might have insects in it. Also, check under floor areas. “These can be a real nice spot for insects to go from one season to the next,” advises Ken Hellevang, North Dakota State University Extension engineer. “If you had an insect infestation at the end of last year, make sure you fumigate or thoroughly clean the bin.” It may be too late to take this step for this grain storage season, but keep it in mind for the coming years. 2. Store quality grain. The condition of the corn as you harvest it is going to determine how well it’s going to store. “If you are thinking long-term storage, you are best to start out with mature, good-quality corn,” says Hellevang. “Some of the corn in the Northern region got frosted this year. That grain might be a little immature, be lower in test weight, and likely not be corn that would have as good a chance of making long-term storage as good-quality corn does.” 3. Dry to the right moisture content. The maximum allowable storage life chart on the next page shows how long corn at different moisture contents can be stored at different temperatures. For long-term storage, you will need to dry grain to a lower moisture level. “We’ve gotten in the mind-set that we can put 15% in the bin and we are good to go,” says Woodruff. This is no longer the case. “You cannot beat the physical laws of storing corn, which say 15% moisture if you store until June 1, 14% through next harvest, and 13% to store for a year or longer,” he says. At 13% moisture, mold growth is prevented, keeping grain in better condition. For soybeans, you will need to dry down a little bit more. “13% is what is typically done for storage in cooler months,” says Hellevang. “If you are going into summer temperatures, the moisture content of soybeans should really be closer to 11%.” 4. Improve aeration. Properly distributing fines with a grain spreader or by practicing repetitive coring will help improve aeration. A grain spreader can be used on bins smaller than 48 feet to spread out fines. “It’s important to have fines spread out in the bin, so they aren’t all in the center,” says Kerry Hartwig, Sukup. “Air is just like people and water; it takes the path of least resistance. If there are a lot of fines in the center, the air will go up the outside and you will get a lot of spoilage in the center.” For larger grain bins, load directly into the bin. Then every 10 to 15 feet, pull out about 300 bushels of grain, creating an inverted cone. This process is known as repetitive coring and will help remove fines in the center. After harvest is over, pull the bins with peaked grain down so the center is just below the corn at the wall, advises Woodruff. The grain will look somewhat like an “M” from the side. This helps bring air movement to the center and facilitates the removal of fines and foreign material from the center of the bin. Next page: Control the temperature 5. Control the temperature. The ability to control the temperature of grain during storage is critical, says Hellevang. “You should be putting grain into a storage system that has a good aeration system so you can control the grain temperature,” he says. The other important aspect of this is temperature cables. “I would recommend having temperature cables in the bin so you have a safe way to monitor the grain,” says Hartwig. Recommendations for the exact temperature to store differ by region and season. “In the Northern regions, I recommend bringing the grain temperature down to freezing or even below for winter storage,” says Hellevang. “In Southern states, our typical target is 40°F.” 6. Keep cool in summer. There is some disagreement on the best storage temperature for grain over the summer. The old-school recommendation was to warm the grain to within 10° to 15° of the outside temperature. For the last 20 years, the recommendation has been to keep the grain cool, about 40°F., during spring and summer. Some are now suggesting warming the grain up to 50°F. for storage over summer. “If you are going to sell by June 1, you can leave grain cold,” says Woodruff. “If you’re going to bring it up to temperature for a later sell, I’d stop at 50°F. to 60°F.” Hellevang recommends keeping the grain near 40°F. “Part of the reason for the lower temperature trend the last several years is that insect infestation and mold growth are going to flourish in the 70°F. to 90°F. temperature range,” he explains. “If you can keep the temperature below 50°F., the insects are dormant.” 7. Check grain frequently. The long-recommended practice is to check your grain weekly during the summer. “The old story is if you had a 50,000-bushel bin with $200,000 in a 5-gallon bucket at the top, you would be out there three times a day checking it,” says Woodruff. “That’s how much money is in that bin, and some won’t check it once a month. You need to be checking it weekly.” Climb to the top and, without entering, see if there is a crust or any noticeable smell. An increase in surface moisture is often the first sign of problems. If there is anything wrong, start your aeration fans. A bin with an appropriately sized aeration fan will have enough airflow to dry a small layer of moisture on top of the bin. When you check the grain, collect a sample to determine the moisture content, says Hellevang. “The only real fix for out-of-condition issues that aren’t stopped by aeration is to unload the bin down to where the affected grain is and remove it,” says Woodruff. “This likely means the grain will have to be marketed early, and poor-grain quality may receive a dock at the elevator. Prevention is always the best answer.” During fall, check grain once a week. In winter, you’ll get a bit of a break – you only need to check it every few weeks. “When you are changing the grain temperature in the fall, until you get a history of how that grain is handling in the bin, it should be checked every week,” says Hellevang. “Once you get into the cool winter months, things stabilize, and checking every couple of weeks should be adequate.” 8. Watch for insects. Another reason to check grain frequently during the summer is to watch for insects. “In warmer temperatures, you can go from one or two insects to a major infestation in a period of two to three weeks,” says Hellevang. “If you aren’t checking every week or so, you aren’t able to take corrective action. You will end up reacting to major problems.” Woodruff also recommends insect traps. “If you are keeping grain into the late summer, you’re probably better off putting in insect traps to see if there are any present,” he says. “If there are, you need to treat the grain.” For more information on grain storage and for temperature recommendations for your region, check with your local university Extension office.
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There are three main types of office chairs on the market: task chairs, mid-back chairs, and executive office chairs. Task chairs are small, simple and often armless. Mid-back chairs are larger, have arms, and offer more back support. Executive chairs are the highest quality and provide full back support.
We looked at the top rated office chairs from major retailers and have picked the best chairs in three categories and at three price points. And, as with most of our recommendations, we not only recommend the product but we use them every day in our office. That’s nine of the best office chairs on the market. Sit back and relax – making the right call will be easy.
The WorkPro Commercial Mesh office chair gives you the comfort and innovation of a Premium at less than half price of our Premium recommendation. With a suspended mesh back and adjustable lumbar support for the lower back, this chair can be sat in for 8 hours or more per day. Of the nearly 40 reviews on Amazon, not a single user reported any broken parts or hardware issues. Plus, Amazon reviewers who likes this product ranged from a 5’4’’ woman to 6’4”, 250lbs man.
The HVL210 gives you the most comfort and versatility for the price. The chair has features usually not seen in task chairs, like center-tilt control and adjustable tension. The seat and back are both contoured and have comfortable double layered cushions. While some assembly is required the majority of Amazon reviewers say it is easy to put together. Also, Amazon reviewers give the HVL210 4.3 stars out of 5 with over 560 reviewers contributing.
The Aeron by Herman Miller is considered by most to be the cadillac of the office chair world. Highly innovative, the chair utilizes a woven suspension membrane that eliminates pressure points by distributing weight evenly. The seat has a “waterfall” edge which takes the pressure off the back of your thighs. Plus, the chair comes with a 12-year warranty. Amazon reviewers gave this the highest rating of our mid-back office chairs at 4.4 out of 5 stars.
Good ergonomics are not inherently expensive, and expensive does not necessarily guarantee good ergonomics. The basic principles that have guided chair design for the past several decades have to some extent trickled down to the lesser chairs of the world. You could find a chair that makes good ergonomic sense for you at the office-supply store down the street, but it is less likely, and many big-box-store chairs have limited adjustability. All of the experts we talked to at length agreed that, for people who can afford it, investing in a high-end office chair is a better bet. As Alan Hedge of Cornell told us, “There’s the old saying ‘You get what you pay for.’ That’s very true in chairs.”
The Boss Task Seat is a good Budget option. With a relatively small seat and backrest, this chair is perfect for cramped spaces. Many Amazon reviewers said they liked this chair because it was able to be slid under a desk if needed. Amazon reviewers also noted how easily this chair is assembled. While most reviewers said that they were pleasantly surprised by how well this chair holds up given it’s price, others noted that height-adjustment mechanism is not as strong and occasionally fails. Still, it has maintained a 4.2 out of 5 stars after over 200 reviews.
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Rani Lueder recommends testing out a new chair for at least 30 minutes, in the type of setting you’d be using it in at home or in the office. That last part is crucial. Ideally, you’ll want to bring your laptop to Design Within Reach or some other dealer, zero in on a few contenders, pull ’em up to a desk, and knock out a few emails. Yes, doing this requires a bit more of an effort than sorting Amazon search results or driving down the street to Office Max and settling on the first seat that seems like a decent fit, but when you’re talking about a product that could well be in your life longer than your current pet or significant other, an afternoon of butt testing seems prudent.
All of their chairs have a high straight backrest. Most come with detachable, adjustable lumbar and neck pillows. The chairs have s a flexible back with up to 180-degree adjustment, fully adjustable arm rests, tilt mechanism, and adjustable height gas spring. These are solid chairs weighing in at around 70 lbs. Added benefit: you feel like you’re sitting in the seat of a high-performance race car. If these chairs don’t get your motor started, we don’t know what will.
Flash Furniture is the creator of the Wooden Ergonomic Kneeling Posture Chair. This unique design by Flash Furniture is highly spoken of by chiropractors. It’s also one of the best sellers on Amazon. Clearly, this odd looking contraption has been delivering results to some folks. If you really want to take care of your back, or are already experiencing persisting back pain, it’s a great secondary chair to have alongside your main office chair to utilize every so often.
At the Budget price point, our pick for the Executive Office Chair is the Lorell Executive High-Back Chair. Its mesh back keeps thing breathable and the height adjustable lumbar support gives your lower back the support you need. Note: this chair has a 250 lb weight capacity. Almost 80% Amazon reviewers gave this chair 4 stars or better with many says that is was comfortable, easy to assemble, and a total bargain.
Of the almost 360 reviews on Amazon, I only found a couple complaints of parts breaking over time, which is better than all the other mid-back chairs at this price level (and even some more expensive ones, too.) The few negative reviews mostly pertained to assembly. Some said it was a quick 10-minute job , while others said it took an hour or longer and/or required screws of their own to complete.
What is it like? It’s solid. Right when you start pulling things out of the box, you’ll notice the reassuring heft of the parts (this being IKEA, assembly is up to you). The materials seem to be of good quality; you get no sense of that cheap faux-luxuriousness you find with many of the chairs at this price at Office Max or wherever else. It’s hard to say how well the Markus will hold up over years of use, but at least you’ll have IKEA’s limited 10-year warranty, a rarity among chairs of this price.
Another concern: After having spent the previous few months sitting in the best task chairs money can buy, we could immediately detect differences in comfort. The Markus’s leather-covered seat pad was the least forgiving among the chairs we tested, its hard foam offering considerably less cushion than the Gesture’s softer foam pad or the Embody’s crazy pixel-matrix one. Testers noticed the hardness less and less as the days went on, but reported more frequent urges to wiggle around to relieve pressure while sitting in the IKEA chair compared with higher-end chairs. Knowing how important that surface-level butt comfort is to people, we think this is something to consider.
The DXRacer Gaming Chair is a sharp looking chair that comes in many styles and color variations. This chair is perfect if you’re looking for something that looks more sporty. The chairs can be purchased with vinyl, cloth, or a patented race car seat upholstery which is a luxurious, breathable option. These chairs are big in the eSports world, particularly over in Europe. That’s no surprise—DXRacer makes some stylish chairs, while keeping ergonomic design in mind.
Deciding between an update for our rigs or a new office chair is an easy decision. The PC component usually wins out every time. We get it, the chair typically doesn’t even factor into the decision making process. Who’s to blame? That new Nvidia graphics card needs to find its home in your PC. But consider this: a good office chair could last you over a decade. Furthermore, your comfort level is an essential part of successfully ascending to gaming utopia.
The Professional Air Grid Back with Leather Seat Chair by Office Star is a solid, well-put-together chair that looks great in any office set up. Adjustable arms, tilt tension, and height facilitate healthy sitting posture. Soft arm-pads and industrial strength wheels round out this chair nicely.