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.