FREQUENTLY ASKED

QUESTIONS

What do you charge?


2020 fall rates are $450 for the first hour and $320 per hour after that. A minimum charge will be determined on a job by job basis and is dependent on the mileage. Typical roasting charges per bushel are $1.00 to $1.20. Per bushel cost may vary because different grains will roast faster or slower.




How many bushels per hour do you roast?


Moisture makes a big difference. Dry beans go faster than wet beans. Estimated bushels per hour for soybeans: 10% = 350 or more bu/ hr 12% @ 320 bu/hr 13% @ 310 bu/hr 14% @ 300 bu/hr 15% @ 280 bu/hr 16% @ 260 bu/hr 17% @ 240 bu/hr 18% @ 220 bu/hr Over 18% and the bu/hr is the same and the temperature begins to fall




What do I need to supply?


We come ready to work! LP gas and electricity are on the service truck to support the roaster. We have an inbound roaster feed auger and a boom auger discharge. Most trucks and wagons can be unloaded and filled. You supply the grain and someone to move trucks and wagons and shovel out grain bins.




How wet can soybeans be roasted?


Wet beans are roasted and dried. Achieving high bypass protein levels with beans up to 18% moisture is no problem. We can roast up to 25% moisture beans, but when roasting wetter beans the beans may not get hot enough for perfect bypass protein levels. After roasting extremely wet beans they will be roasted, dried and storable. The roasting process will cook these beans, reducing the trypsin inhibitor and increasing the bypass values. They just may not be “optimum” at 60% or greater bypass. Roasting wet beans is a great alternative to “giving them away” to the elevator after all the shrinks, docks and little fees reduce their value.




What is the shrink on roasted soybeans?


Midwest Grain Roasters only roasts your beans. The only shrink is the water removed by the process. Ending moisture is usually about 3 or 4%. A 13% soybean will have a moisture shrink of 9% and a dry matter shrink of almost zero. Drier beans will shrink less and dry matter will remain the same. Conversely, wet beans have more shrink but the dry matter still remains the same. MGR's on site service keeps your dry matter tonnage in your inventory, not the feed mill's. Most farmers will see 10% or more dry-matter loss when roasting soybeans at the co-op.




How long can I store roasted soybeans?


A long time! Most customers roast annually. Through the years we have seen 5 and 6 year old roasted soybeans fed with no herd performance loss.




Can I fill a grain bin with roasted soybeans?


Yes. If you have a fan on the bin we can fill the bin with fresh roasted soybeans. We routinely fill 10-20,000 bushel bins.




Do you only roast during harvest?


No, we roast for our customers all year round.




I don’t have a bin. Can I still roast and feed my own beans?


Yes, many customers roast from wagon to wagon after harvest and the roasted soybeans are stored on the wagon until fed. Many customers lay a few thousand bushels in a commodity shed.




Is MGR insured?


Yes, Midwest Grain Roasters, Inc. is fully insured




1099 and taxes


Midwest Grain Roasters, Inc. is a Corporation. Sending 1099 tax documents is not required. We will gladly send the W-9 Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification form if requested.





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