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Farmers Dealing With Another Wet Harvest

Many farmers are dealing with wet grain this fall.
 
Charley Sprenger is a project leader at the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI).
 
"The main thing is farmers need to pay attention to what moisture their grain is at when they're coming off the field," she said. "Also, looking at what the ambient air conditions are."
 
Sprenger says farmers need to decide between using a dedicated grain dryer and in-bin aeration.
 
"If the outside conditions really aren't great, your grain is coming off the field really wet, then you usually have to go to a dedicated heated air dryer which uses really high air flow rates and some hot air to move it through fast and dry the grain fast so you can put it in the bin safely."
 
She adds it's usually a good idea to run aeration within the first 24 hours to help cool the grain down, even if the grain is mostly dry. Sprenger says natural air drying has a slightly higher air flow rate and often times supplemental heat is added.
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