Around 80% of this year’s crop production will be stored
Where is all of the grain headed after harvest this fall? In an early October Farm Journal Pulse, more than 1,400 farmers and ranchers shared their storage plans. The question was: What percentage of your 2013 crop production will you store on farm?
Only 21% of respondents plan to not store any of their 2013 production, while 16% said they will store 100%.
Store it well. In light of these intentions, farmers should follow basic principles of grain management. "Good management will be important this year, as the high variability in quality will not leave much room for error," says Charles Hurburgh, Iowa State University ag engineer.
He offers the following tips:
- Immediately cool grain after harvest. Shelf life begins right away.
- Have adequate aeration (0.1 cfm per bushel or more). All bins with all grains should be aerated.
- Run a cooling cycle every time there’s a 10°F to 15°F change in outside temperature.
- Cool grain to below 40°F as quickly as possible.
- Take out the center core of fines. Variable quality and lower test weight will mean more fines.
- Inspect grain and monitor temperature weekly until December. You can scale back to every two weeks starting in January.
- Responding to a change in temperature is as important as the actual temperature of the grain. If the fan has not been run, a 3° to 5° change between readings can indicate spoilage.
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