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FEBRUARY 19, 2014 THE PRESS ' PAGE 5 wall in the door than is necessary to insert the pole because the grain may crash into the wall or flow out the door. Do not allow anyone to work around stored grain until he or she has been warned about the hazards. Never enter a grain bin without stopping the auger and using e/t"Ock- out/tag-qut" procedures to secure it. Use a key-type padlock tOlock the auger s tch in the "off" position. . - Never enter a grain bin alone. Have at least two people at the bin to assist in case of problems. Use a safety harness or line when entering a bin. Here is what to do if someone gets trapped: Shut offall grain-moving machinery to stop the flow of grain. Contact your local emergency rescue service or fire department. Ventilate the bin using the fan. Form retaining walls around the person with plywood, sheet metal or other material to keep grain from flowing toward the person, then re- move grain from around the individual. Don't try to pull a person out if engulfed in grain if it is up to the per- son's waist or higher. The grain exerts tremendous pressure on the body, so trying to pull a person out could damage his or her spinal column. Cut holes in the bin sides to remove grain if the person is submerged. Use a cutting torch, metal-cutting power saw or air chisel to cut at least two V- or U-shaped holes on opposite sides or more holes equally spaced around the bin. Grain flowing from just one hole may injure the trapped person and cause the bin to collapse. For more information, check out NDSU publication AE- 1102, "Caught in ihe Grain." It's available online at tions/landing-pages/crops/caught-in-the-grain-ae- 1102. If the grain flow stops when you're removing it from the bin, but the grain surface has a funnel shape and shows some evidence that the grain has been flowing into the auger, a chunk of crusted grain has likely be- come lodged over the center sump and is blocking the flow. There has been some success in breaking-up the chunk using a rotor-rooter type device. Remove the take-out auger. Run a heavy cable inside a pipe with an el- bow at the end. Attach cable clamps on the end of the cable that will be in the center of the bin. Slide the pipe with the cable through the take-out tube to the center of the bin. Use a large drill to turn the cable while push- ing it into the chunk of grain above the center sump. If the grain is "frozen" together and does not flow from the bin, there has been some success by warming the grain to just above freezing us- hag a heater and the aeration fan. Do not allow the heat from the heater to',flow directly onto the fan motor or fan bearings because the fan mo- tor relies on cool air flowing over the motor to keep it cool and the heat may damage the bearings. Warm air as it heats the corn will pick up mois- ture from the corn which will condense on cooler corn in the bin and in- cre e the moisture content of the cooler com. Operate the aeration fan long enougfi to remove this moisture as the corn is warmed and remove the corn s0on after warming the com. Bib vents may frost or ice over if fans are operated when the outdoor air temperature is near or below freezing, which may damage the bin roof. Open the fill or access cover during fan operation to serve as a pressure relief valve Ahother potential safety hazard is ice accumulation on fans. This can lead to imbalance and vibration. Fans have disintegrated because of ice buildup, Hellevang recommends producers monitor fans for ice accu- mulation and remove the ice if it builds up. Grain kernels may stick together, forming a crust or bridge. A hollow may develop under the crust when grain is removed from the bin. The bridge can collapse under a person's weight, burying the person in seconds. After some grain has been removed, some of the rest may remain stuck togetl,in a large pile or wall. Breaking it loose can be very risky. Vllff!l~] Cs lr J L,i~;rJ!!,r;. :,J 'r- ~ ifU air the grain is "frozen" together arid does not flow from the bin-, there has been some success by warming .the grain to just above freezing usmg a heater and the aeration fan." - mnn I mustache you a question. Have you subscribed to the Press? AGRICULTURAL DRAIN TILING Surface and subsurface water problems? GET YOUR SUBSCRIPTION TO THE PRESS! IN COUNTY OUT OF COUNTY OUT OF STATE $34 $38 $42 YOUR EVENTS . . . YOUR COMMU IITY . . . YOUR HOMETOWN PAPER IN THE HEART OF WAL.q-I COUNTY WALSH COUNTY PRESS - PO Box 49 PARK RIX(R, ND 58270 ARLINGTON, Virginia. -- The U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) Board of Directors elected Jason Scott of Stevensville, MD, to serve as Secretary-Treasurer for 2014/15 at its meeting in Washington, DC, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. The board elected Scott in a slate including Chairman Dan Hughes ofVenango, NE, who will become Past Chairman; Vice Chair- man Roy Motter of Brawley, CA, who will become Chairman and Secretary-Treasurer Brian O'Toole of Crystal, ND, who will become Vice Chairman. The new USW of- ricers officially begin their one- year terms at the organization's annual meeting in June 2014 in Om- aha, NE. Scott is at least a sixth-generation wheat farmer from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where he man- ages his family's soft red winter (SRW) wheat, row crop and veg- etable operation. He also owns and operates a Pioneer Hi-Bred seed dealership with his father. Scott has been a member of the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board since 2003 and served as president from 2005 to 2007. Scott received the Maryland Young Farmer Achievement Award in 2011. In his five yeats on the USW Board of Di- rectors, Scott has represented his state and USW on two board team delegations to Africa and Europe. "I am ready to serve as a strong voice for producers at the interna- tional level," Scott said. "During my tenure as a director representing Maryland, I have been thoroughly impressed with the producers and staff, and I couldn't be more eager to help lead this organization into the future." PARK R1VER, N.D. -- Natalie Cameron has been promoted to the title of Personal Banker and Kris- ten Klawon has been hired as a Personal Banker at First United Bank in Park River. :-2013.-N talie-is-a native oflVtl'I on -- and a:graduate ;of Edinburg High School and the University of North Dakota. Previously, Natalie worked for the FDIC as a bank ex- aminer. Natalie's experience with analyzing loan documents, finan- cial statements and her bagic knowledge of .the community banking structure and operations have made her an 'excellent addi- tion to the staff. Wit.h her ba c,k- ground, Natalie will foc,trg on helping customers in area of w Call Dub Construction / for local quahty servtce/ Good drainag/e can improve field operation and production, reduce risk/of crop loss, maxi- mize net, returns, and much more. Now scheduling. 701-696-2591 or email I D g; mj:s I serve as '0 Photos: Submitted Above: House Committee of Ag Chairman Frank Lucas snaps a picture with the current USW Officer l'eam (I to r) Darrell Davis, Past Chairman; Dan Hughes,Chairman; Frank Lucas; Roy Motter, Vice Chair- m n; and Brian O'Toole, Secretary-Treasurer. after being awarded the Wheat Advocate of the Year Award by NAWG at the Winter Board Meeting The new USW officers officially begin their one-year terms at the organization's annual meeting in June 2014 in Omaha, NE. Dan Hughes is a third-generation sugar cane, alfalfa seed and hay, su- farmer ih the southwest cor- dan grass, melons and tomatoes. He tier of Nebraska. His operation in- has been a member of the Califor- cludes hard red winter (HRW) nia Wheat Commission since 1998. wheat'for domestic use and export, Brian O'Toole is an experienced as well as hard white (HW) wheat agricultural and community leader. grown-undercontractforConAgra. He serves on the North Dakota He also is a commissioner of the Ne- Wheat Commission, on the board of braskaWheat Board and served as the Wheat Marketing Center in its Chairman from 2008 to 2 Portland, OR, and is Chairman of 010. SBARE Wheat Granting Commit- Roy Motter is managing partner tee. He is also past president of the of Spruce Farms, LLC, a diverse op- North Dakota Crop Improvement eration in California's Imperial Val- and Seed Association and past pres- ley that includes Desert Durum, let- ident of Crystal Farmers Elevator tuce, cabbage, onions, sugar beets, Co-op. O'Toole has received the Young Outstanding Farmer Award, Master Farmer Award and Friends of 4-H Award. Additionally, he and his wife, Sara, were Pembina Coun- ty NDSU Harvest Bowl Honorees. They have four grown children, two of whom have returned to farming. USW is the industry's market de- velopment organization working in more than 100 countries. USW activities are made possible through producer checkoff dollars man- aged by 19 state wheat commissions and cost-share funding provided by USDA's Foreign Agricultural Serv- ice. Photos: Submitted Left: Natalie cameron Right: Kristen Klawon comriiercial and small business ND and was previously employed lending. She & her husband, Tyler, at a bank in Hastings, MN since are residents of rural Crystal, ND. 2008. She is a graduate of Lari- Kristen is a native of Larimore, more High School and Jamestown College in Jamestown, ND. Her banking experience makes her a natural fit to assist new and exist- ing customers with all of their per- sonal banking needs. Kristen enjoys being involved in commu- nity events and brings experience of day to day banking operations in both the lending & deposit areas. "We are pleased to have Natfilie & Kristen in our banking family. We pride ourselves on excellent banking service and are confident that Natalie & Kristen share in our vision for the future," stated Steve Rehovsky, President of the bank. First United Bank has $175 mil- lion in total assets and has loca- tions in Park River, Adams, Michigan, Grafton, Hoople & Crystal. $1.00 OFF PER I Chris Midgarden Arena - Park River