Last fall's propane shortage and wet weather left farmers scrambling to properly dry their grain. We don't know what this harvest season will hold, but with a few handy tips from Corn and Soybean Digest, you'll be able to handle whatever Mother Nature throws your way.
You know that saying "one bad apple spoils the whole bunch." That's true with grain, too. Broken or tiny kernels can block airflow to your high-quality grain, so separate them out with a rotary screen or gravity screen. That way, they won't spoil your good crops.
Corn is usually dried at 15 to 20 percent for long-term storage. But your low-quality corn has different needs. You'll need to dry that at about two points lower than average to avoid mold issues that could ruin the crop.
High drying temperatures can cause cracks or breaks. Limiting the drying temperature on high-moisture corn can help avoid these issues.
Core and level it
After you've screen-cleaned your grain, it's ready for the storage bin. After you fill the bin, you'll notice broken pieces, cobs, and other debris have accumulated in the center. Remove these items to ensure proper airflow. Then level the grain to prevent moisture build-up on top of the bin that could lead to mold.
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