Maintaining Stored Grain Topic of April 9 Webinar

April 5, 2010
ICM News

By Charles Hurburgh, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

A webinar scheduled for 11 a.m. April 9 will give farmers and grain elevator operators information on keeping their stored grain in good condition.

Last fall's wet conditions meant that many producers had to harvest corn and soybeans before it had a chance to dry to optimal levels. As a result the condition of grain stored in Iowa is at risk because of mold and insect problems.

The trade publication Grain Journal is presenting the webinar at no cost. Charles Hurburgh, Iowa State University, and Dirk Maier, chairman of the Department of Grain Science and Industry at Kansas State University, will offer ways farmers and elevators can ensure the quality of their stored grain.

The hour long webinar will cover:
• The current grain management and quality situation at Midwest grain elevators
• Grain quality practices that can minimize damage and subsequent quality management problems
• How to condition high-moisture grain to prevent further damage, maintain quality in storage and maximize safety by preventing dryer fires

Register for the webinar online at: High speed internet service is required for the webinar.

Charles Hurburgh is an agricultural and biosystems engineering professor who manages the Grain Quality Research Laboratory and the extension-based Iowa Grain Quality Initiative. He can be contacted at (515) 294-8629 or by email at



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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...