How is a Grain Bin Built?

How is a grain bin built? First, what is a grain bin? Bins are vented, silver, steel structures fatter in diameter than silos and have varying heights (google definition). Silos, often blue, were traditionally used to store silage. Silo comes from the Greek word "siros" pit for holding grain. Think about the life-cycle of a corn plant. Farmers plant in the spring and harvest in the fall. Did you know less than 1% of corn grown in Iowa is sweet corn? Majority of the corn grown is called dent corn. Lots of corn is used to feed livestock but corn is also used to make ethanol (fuel our cars) and consumable food. But farmers do not always sell their grain right away. Corn reaches maturity in the

Youth participate in ISUEO-Linn County Farm to Fork Summer Day Camps!

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach- Linn County (ISUEO-Linn County) invited youth to participate in Farm to Fork local summer day camps. Two different camps were held for K-2 and 3-5 youth. The camp "From Farm to Fork: Plant Detectives" was geared towards Kindergarten through 2nd grade and was held at Lowe Park, July 10; Wakema Park, July 12; and Wickiup Hill, July 16. Students were plant detectives for the day as they learned the amazing benefits of growing food. Youth learned how to grow and start their own seeds to take home and enjoyed making fresh salsa. The camp "From Farm to Fork: Food and Agriculture Connections" was open to youth between 3rd and 5th grade and was held at L

Ag Literacy at the Fair

Happy Monday! Hope you are all had a chance to visit the wonderful Linn County Fair. I had the opportunity to attend Youth and Farm Bureau Day through Ag in the Classroom festivities but I made sure to take time to personally enjoy the fair as well. I have so many fond memories from my time spent in 4-H! Linn County Farm Bureau spent two days focusing on agriculture literacy at the 2018 Linn County Fair. On Thursday, July 28, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. we hosted a “Life Bracelet” activity during youth day. The life bracelet was made with four different color beads, each color representing a plant need; yellow (sun), blue (water), clear (air) and brown (soil). We also shared our Apple E

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