Drivers for Success in 2014: Grain Storage

December 6, 2013 08:00 PM
 
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This aftermath of this year’s harvest will cause grain storage headaches for those who don’t tend to the basics.

"We ended up with small kernels and high variability in terms of test weight and moisture," says Charles Hurburgh, a professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University. "This means we have more fines and inconsistent drying. Corn is wetter than farmers think in the bin."

Test weight and harvest moisture are the two most reliable indicators of storability.

"Monitor grain temperature to ensure it stays within the suitable temperature and moisture ranges," Hurburgh says. "Non-uniform grain will cause the most problems. If you can separate your grain, do so by test weight, then sell the lightest grain first."

Keep detailed records to prioritize problems, if they arise.

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