This publication can help you maintain the dollar value of a bin of dry grain. Although storage problems commonly occur during the bad harvest year, many also result from poor dry-grain management practices. Proper use of aeration and insect control, along with an adequate observation program minimize these dry grain problems.
Human safety around flowing and stored grain is included. Neither the design
and selection of a system nor grain drying practices are included.
Storage Problem Causes
If grain has been dried correctly for the storage period intended, problems with grain condition usually result from:
- *Improper grain cooling.
- *Inadequate observation of the stored grain.
- *Poor initial grain quality.
- *Improper insect control.
Each of these problems can be minimized with good management.
See Table 1 for safe grain moisture contents for storage. Reduce the moisture 1% below table values for poor quality grain resulting from drought, frost, blight, harvest damage, etc.