Grain Drying

Chart of ISU research on rate of corn dry down

ISU Studies on Rate of Soybean and Corn Dry Down in the Field September 21, 2017

How fast do soybeans and corn dry down in the field? That's the question Iowa State University researchers examined in studies conducted near Ames over the last three years in corn and soybean fields. These briefs share highlights from what they found and can be useful in assessing your fields.

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Farm grain bins
Figure 1. The various sized bins on this farm allow for storing different moisture contents. Wetter, more dense grain works well in the smaller bins so that more airflow per bushel can be delivered. Drier grains where aeration is the primary need store well in the larger bins. If the grain is wetter, drying grain in layers can help increase airflow per bushel. (Photo by Paul Jasa)

Natural Air Drying of Binned Soybeans September 20, 2017

If soybeans were harvested above 13% moisture, natural air drying can be used to reduce moisture to 13% for longer term storage. How long that drying takes will vary with several factors. This guide can help you estimate the length of drying for your soybean moisture, aeration system, relative humidity and temperature.

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