Grain Storage

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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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Maintaining Grain Quality During Long-Term Storage August 29, 2016

Some grain will be stored for many months or even more than a year due to low grain prices. Maintaining grain quality during this extended storage will require extra care and management, according to North Dakota State University's grain storage expert.

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Figure 1. Looking for a shorter term grain storage option? Storing grain in poly bags can be a good option, if it's stored at an appropriate moisture content and monitored. (Photos by Ken Hellevang)
Figure 1. Storing grain in poly bags can be a good option, if it's stored at an appropriate moisture content and monitored. (Photos by Ken Hellevang)

Consider Pros, Cons of Alternative Grain Storage Methods August 23, 2016

Expecting a high-yield harvest and short of storage to keep your grain cool and dry? The author explores the pros & cons of various alternative grain storage methods.

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Figure 1. With temperatures mounting this week, be sure check your stored grain and take steps to keep your grain cool, dry and in condition.

How to Keep Stored Grain Cool, Dry During Summer June 6, 2016

"Cold or cool grain has been safely stored through the summer for many years," notes Ken Hellevang, an Extension agricultural engineer. "Keeping the grain as cool as possible should be the goal of spring and summer grain storage."

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Grain Handling Safety Training Available February 12, 2016

The University of Illinois, the Grain Handling Safety Coalition (GHSC), and the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH) are partnering to bring Grain Safety Training Courses to midwestern communities.  Trainings will be conducted at no expense to the participants or the host.

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