Management Of 2009 Grain In Storage Is Critical This Spring

Management Of 2009 Grain In Storage Is Critical This Spring

Information on what you need to do now to keep stored grain from spoiling is available online from ISU.

A March 4 webinar led by Iowa State University grain quality expert Charles Hurburgh was recorded and is now available online. The session discusses proper spring management of 2009 grain in storage.


Hurburgh, an ISU Extension ag engineer, spoke about current grain storage and management issues during a presentation at the Southeast Iowa Research Farm meeting. The webinar is filled with practical information you can use and it can be viewed in it's entirety at


Recommendations and information on what you need to be doing


As Iowa farmers with grain stored in their bins, as well as grain elevator managers, move from winter maintenance to spring holding, Hurburgh makes recommendations for managing the 2009 grain.


"This has been an extremely difficult year for grain storage," said Hurburgh. "Corn was harvested wet and not all was dried because of dryer capacity shortages. The cold growing season decreased test weights, which naturally reduced storage life."


During the webinar, Hurburgh discusses moisture migration, what to look and smell for when checking stored grain, and how to correct storage problems.

"These are things that need to be done now in order to handle problem situations that are growing in bins across Iowa," said Hurburgh. Other articles by Hurburgh on grain storage and management issues are available at the ICM News Web site

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