Grain Storage

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Post-Harvest Grain Marketing: Cleaning Out Corn and Soybean Bins April 12, 2017

Marketing grain in the bin can take a backseat to field work this time of year; however, given the current market, those with grain in storage need to be vigilant to changes in futures price, adjustments in basis, and accumulating storage expenses. Examples of stored corn and soybean at two Nebraska sites illustrate how storage costs can add up over time.

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Researchers found significant savings in drying grain in layers rather than the more traditional practice of filling the bin and then drying it.

Reduce Drying Time and Energy Cost by Filling Drying Bins in Layers March 22, 2017

Many grain producers have on-farm grain drying and storage facilities and most have more than one bin equipped with a high capacity aeration fan with heat to reduce drying time. Researchers ran a mathematical analysis to study the advantage of filling drying bins in layers as an rather than the normal practice of filling one bin completely before filling the next bin.

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How to Reduce On-Farm Grain Drying Energy Costs March 22, 2017

Article reviewed and updated by Chuck Burr, Nebraska Extension Educator

With lower crops prices, grain producers are asking how to reduce the cost of drying grain on the farm. This paper discusses management strategies to minimize energy costs.

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Device to Measure Grain Bag Moisture March 20, 2017

USDA scientists have developed a new way to determine the moisture content of grain stored in bags. Together with Kansas State University colleagues, Paul Armstrong, an agricultural engineer with USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Manhattan, Kansas, developed a hand-held meter that measures the relative humidity and temperature of the air within the grain. A DIY build for approximately $75.

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Stored grain requires careful management to preserve quality as well as your investment and potential income.

Grain Drying and Storage Tips November 16, 2016

Tips for managing stored grain so it maintains its value. Includes tips for cooling stored grain and managing grain piles or plastic-bagged grain.

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Long-term Grain Storage Requires Good Management September 16, 2016

Given the low grain prices some grain may be stored for many months or even more than a year, requiring extra care and management, according to North Dakota State University's grain storage expert.

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Proper cleaning and bin preparation will help assure that grain going into storage will remain in good condition.

Prepare Grain Bins and Equipment For Harvest August 31, 2016

Proper cleaning of all harvesting equipment and grain bins and preparation of bins is a key to preserving stored grain quality. See these recommendations and lists of commonly used products for treating bins.

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