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Tips for Working Safely Around Stored Grain

After a tough harvest, grain bin safety is top of mind when moving less than ideal grain out of a bin. Upper Midwest Ag Safety and Health Center outreach coordinator Megan Schossow is seeing a higher than usual number of grain bin and silo incidents “In the event someone has to enter a grain bin, it’s critical farmers don’t go in alone,” says Schossow. “Work in pairs so if something happens there is someone to get help. Also, lock out and tag out every time.” More tips for safely working around stored grain can be found here.

Speed Up the Bean Soaking Process

If you forgot to soak your beans the night before you plan to cook them, the hot soak method can come to the rescue. Cover the beans with water, bring to a boil and boil for three minutes. Remove them from the heat and let them soak in the hot water for an hour. Then drain, rinse, add fresh water and cook. It’s okay to let the beans soak longer if you don’t have time to cook them right away but be sure to put them in the refrigerator after they’ve soaked for an hour. Get more tips here.