Charles Hurburgh, Iowa State University Extension agricultural engineer, spoke about current grain storage and management issues during a Webinar with the Southeast Iowa Research Farm meeting earlier this month. As grain 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,” says 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,” says Hurburgh.

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