With warming weather and the end of April nearing, most farmers have turned their attention to planting corn. But Purdue University is reminding farmers to think about the corn and soybeans they still have in storage; particularly the corn that may have been stored at a moisture content above 15%.
Purdue Extension expert Klein Ileleji offers these tips for monitoring and maintaining stored grain quality this spring:
- Sample grain in the bin to determine moisture content and check for signs of spoilage on the surface and at several depths up to 6 feet using a grain probe.
- Run fans continuously when ambient temperatures average 40-60 degrees with relative humidity not above 75 percent while monitoring the movement of the drying front.
- Be careful not to warm grain above 60 degrees if the intention is to store it through the summer months.
- Ventilate the bin headspace at night to prevent condensation at the surface that could lead to crusting or spoilage.
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