Grain management at harvest will reduce the need for storage management.
- Recalibrate your yield monitor to accommodate seed size and density.
- When testing moisture, take at least 3 samples and average them.
- Check grain moisture frequently entering and leaving the dryer.
- Check moisture of freshly dried grain and beware it will read lower than it is.
- Keep records of where grain originated for tracking later problems for insurance.
- Check test weight of grain for each new field opened and sell lighter grain first.
- Expect hot spots in storage, since a dryer cannot even out variability of moisture.
- Do not harvest late planted corn in wet spots at the same time as the entire field.
The unusual weather of 2013 has created a wide variation of quality in grain, even in the same field and row. Some test weights will be low and should be sold or delivered as soon as possible. Higher test weights have longer storability. Keep grain monitored for temperature and moisture and ensure that it rapidly cools off to ensure a longer shelf life in your bin.
Your 2014 checklist for success:
- Get a soil test and recommendations from the Texas Soil and Plant Lab
- Fill your planter with LG Seeds
- Call Koehl Bros. and order a new bin, because you will need it!