Grain Storage

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The new "Grain Drying, Handling and Storage Handbook," published by Midwest Plan Service, is used widely for planning grain drying, handling and storage facilties.

Account for Automation, Safety With Grain Drying and Storage Systems August 10, 2017

Check out these safety tips for working with your stored grain and, if you're looking to add grain storage, consider a new resource from Midwest Plan Service that can help you plan for automation and other aspects of a new system.

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Figure 1. Stored grain temperature and moisture should be checked in multiple spots at least every two weeks and managed to ensure continued grain quality.

Protecting Your Investment: Keep Stored Grain Cool, Dry June 30, 2017

A grain drying specialist offers moisture and temperature goals for stored grain and tips to ensure your stored grain stays in good condition. Includes how to measure grain temperature and when and how to aerate grain as well as how long grain can be stored at various temperatures.

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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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