Webinar Covers Spring Management Issues of Stored 2009 Grain

March 10, 2010

By Charles Hurburgh, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

In a presentation to the  Southeast Iowa Research Farm meeting March 4, current grain storage and management issues were discussed. I made recommendations for managing the 2009 grain at this time of year, when Iowa grain managers move from winter maintenance to spring holding.

This has been an extremely difficult year for grain storage. Corn was harvested wet and not all was dried because of dryer capacity shortages. The cold growing season decreased test weights, which naturally reduced storage life.

The webinar, which can now be viewed at http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p72291359/, covers moisture migration, what to look and smell for when checking stored grain, and how to correct storage problems. These are things that need to be done now in order to handle problem situations that are growing in bins across Iowa.

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Charles Hurburgh Professor, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Dr. Charles R. Hurburgh, Charlie to most everyone, is a native Iowan from Rockwell City (Iowa, USA). He continues to operate the family farm, and is a professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University. He has a bachelor's degree, master's degree, and doctoral degree fr...