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Old 03-08-2022, 12:55 PM   #1
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So how do ya'll store bulk cottonseed, away from other critters?
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Old 03-08-2022, 01:13 PM   #2
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what "critters" are you trying to keep out of it?
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Old 03-08-2022, 01:37 PM   #3
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In a corral pen under a tarp.
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Old 03-08-2022, 01:45 PM   #4
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In a corral pen under a tarp.
That's how we did it when we were feeding it
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Old 03-08-2022, 01:57 PM   #5
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Under a tarp
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Old 03-08-2022, 02:23 PM   #6
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Put a tarp on top. Can get about 6500#ís.
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Old 03-08-2022, 02:29 PM   #7
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In a corral pen under a tarp.
This
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Old 03-08-2022, 02:34 PM   #8
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I never have tarped.
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Old 03-08-2022, 02:46 PM   #9
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We don't tarp it. We have a sheetmetal frame built out of old 4 foot sections or R-panel that is 16 feet square and 3 sided... The cottonseed truck backs up to it and dumps it on the ground... This bin is inside our camp compound and is fenced off from the cattle. Deer are free to come eat at will. The cottonseed if left under a tarp and it is a wet period, it will mildew quickly. If it is left uncovered, even when it rains on it, the oils in the cotton will form a top layer and it will only get wet about 1" down, but even then it does not easily mildew or mold... We've tried everything and this simple way seems to work best... We feed 30-40 tons a year on 5500 acres and it does not get wasted... Think about it, most folks feed cottonseed in a wire hoop that is exposed to the elements... no need to complicate things...
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Old 03-08-2022, 03:26 PM   #10
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We didn’t tarp either. Built a big pen out of hog panels and put electric fence around top to keep cattle out. That was probably a waste of money. Deer kept jumping in and breaking the electric fence so we just turned it off. Cattle never bothered it and we are/were in middle of horrible drought. We switched to protein this year as there wasn’t a big enough difference in cost to justify the cotton seed anymore in our opinion. Who knows! We just need rain bad!
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Old 03-08-2022, 04:18 PM   #11
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I just leave mine on the trailer, under cover until I need it.
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Old 03-08-2022, 04:30 PM   #12
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We don't tarp it. We have a sheetmetal frame built out of old 4 foot sections or R-panel that is 16 feet square and 3 sided... The cottonseed truck backs up to it and dumps it on the ground... This bin is inside our camp compound and is fenced off from the cattle. Deer are free to come eat at will. The cottonseed if left under a tarp and it is a wet period, it will mildew quickly. If it is left uncovered, even when it rains on it, the oils in the cotton will form a top layer and it will only get wet about 1" down, but even then it does not easily mildew or mold... We've tried everything and this simple way seems to work best... We feed 30-40 tons a year on 5500 acres and it does not get wasted... Think about it, most folks feed cottonseed in a wire hoop that is exposed to the elements... no need to complicate things...
We tarped to keep it from blowing away.
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Old 03-08-2022, 04:32 PM   #13
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I used to dump it on the ground inside of a pen to keep the Cattle out when it was under $200/ton. Now that it is quite a bit more, I keep it inside of a dump trailer under a parking cover - no waste. I can haul 5 tons at a time and go through 3 loads a year on 1000 acres.
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Old 03-08-2022, 05:07 PM   #14
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No tarp needed, donít rain anyway so no waste


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Old 03-08-2022, 05:22 PM   #15
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No tarp needed, donít rain anyway so no waste


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Word , ainít seen rain , ours is in a pile near a barn
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Old 03-08-2022, 05:24 PM   #16
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Thanks all!
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Old 03-09-2022, 10:19 AM   #17
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Those of you who pile it up like this? What do you do with it? Shovel into pickup bed/trailer and then drive around and shovel it out again?

We are dealing with 15, 1k lb feeders at our place so that sounds like a lot of shoveling to me.
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Old 03-09-2022, 10:46 AM   #18
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We shovel it into molasses tubs and haul them out to dump in feeders... One of those little wire hoop feeders like folks buy made out of horse wire holds 4 tubs. Most of ours are made from 1/2 of a horse panel rolled into a circle. They hold 6 tubs. Some of us have 2 feeders at each location... We use snow scoops to fill the tubs at the bulk location. It goes pretty fast. We drilled holes in the tubs and put rope handles with a short piece of water hose. Makes them much easier to carry and empties can be stacked without them sticking together... Pretty good system and works for us...
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Old 03-09-2022, 11:52 AM   #19
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What about storing it in a 1 ton super sack?


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Old 03-09-2022, 12:41 PM   #20
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Those are a PITA to empty.
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Old 03-09-2022, 01:36 PM   #21
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Those are a PITA to empty.
No harder than the pail method above. If you have a tractor, itís even easier. Weíve been buying a sack or two, then using a 5-gallon bucket to transfer from the sack to the feeder while pulled up next to it. You just have to make sure you put your feeder where you can pull up next to it. One 5 gallon bucket of Cottonseed weighs about 25-30 lbs, so you can figure on 20 scoops to fill up most wire/tpost feeders 👍🏿
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Old 03-09-2022, 01:47 PM   #22
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We keep it in the sacks in a barn. The rats get a little bit of it but thatís about it. Right now cows are the biggest ďotherĒ I have to worry about.

We transfer 4-6 sacks to a small trailer and shovel it. Cottonseed is easy to keep. I like the bags because itís relatively easy for us to load up and move around.
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Old 03-09-2022, 02:14 PM   #23
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Anywhere close to Georgetown to get bulk cottonseed?


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Old 03-09-2022, 02:44 PM   #24
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Anybody built a covered cottonseed chute?
I am thinking about building one 10'x30' w concrete floor & cinder block walls about 10' high. I load from this w tractor to back of my pickup.
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Old 03-09-2022, 03:15 PM   #25
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Anybody built a covered cottonseed chute?
I am thinking about building one 10'x30' w concrete floor & cinder block walls about 10' high. I load from this w tractor to back of my pickup.
We had one on the Catarina Place I was on, it worked well. Had 2 big doors and we could get a tractor into most of it (pretty big tractor) or use the skid steer and use it. A little more up front cost but it will last a long while.
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Old 03-09-2022, 03:17 PM   #26
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We had one on the Catarina Place I was on, it worked well. Had 2 big doors and we could get a tractor into most of it (pretty big tractor) or use the skid steer and use it. A little more up front cost but it will last a long while.
You have any pics ?
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Old 03-09-2022, 03:19 PM   #27
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You have any pics ?
Just looked and I do not, wish I could be more help.

I do know we would have to dump the cottonseed on the ground outside of it and then push it all into the barn.
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Old 03-09-2022, 03:30 PM   #28
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OK,thx anyway. Will build roof high enough so truck can dump it on the concrete. Hard to scoop off bare ground w/o getting a bunch of dirt mixed in.
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Old 05-27-2022, 03:40 PM   #29
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Finished cottonseed storage bldg. Will make life easier on these old bones.
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Old 05-27-2022, 08:55 PM   #30
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I grew up on a cotton farm we always held back a trailer load for cattle. we would put it on a 4 wheel trailer with open top and park the trailer in our tractor shed. As a kid I would play in the cotton seed digging tunnels. Cows thought that stuff was candy.
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