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Spring strategies for optimal grain storage


With spring on the horizon, maintaining the quality of stored grain becomes a critical task for farmers. According to Dave Ellis, GSI district manager, careful monitoring and management are key to maximizing profit and minimizing spoilage.

It is crucial to maintain grain temperature within 10 degrees of the ambient temperature to prevent moisture buildup that leads to spoilage. As temperatures rise above 50 degrees, it’s important to manage aeration actively to keep the grain cool.

Regular weekly inspections are recommended. Farmers should check for signs like crusting or unusual odors at the top of the grain pile, which suggest spoilage. These checks should be done from the bin’s top to avoid the dangers of entrapment.

If spoilage is detected and is minor, blending the affected grain might be viable. Otherwise, it's essential to remove spoiled grain quickly to prevent further issues during harvest unloading.

GSI’s GrainVue system, which utilizes digital cable technology, offers a technological advantage by providing constant updates on grain moisture and temperature, enabling automated control of drying and cooling processes. This system issues alerts for potential spoilage, making grain management more efficient and safer.

“Protecting quality grain means less dockage at the elevator and more money for your bushels,” Ellis explains.

To enhance grain storage efficiency, equip bins with spreaders to promote uniform grain distribution. Also, manage grain levels post-harvest to facilitate better airflow and remove fines, improving overall aeration.

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