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Grain Storage Moisture

Grain Storage Moisture

County Agent News
Dan Folske
August 14, 2017

Grain Storage Moisture

            Don’t rush your harvest! The cooler weather and scattered showers this past week is delaying harvest a little but you don’t want to get in too big a rush when the weather is nice. Many of the grain samples I’ve seen the past week are too wet/green for long term storage, even with aeration. Remember aeration is a tool, not a cure all for wet grain. High temperatures help dry the grain but also reduce the time it can be safely stored. For example, 17% moisture spring wheat can be stored for about four months if the grain temperature is only 50F but at 80F you are likely to have problems in under three weeks. 20% moisture grain at 80F can go bad in one week.

 

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