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Management of On-Farm Stored Grain

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Management of On-Farm Stored Grain

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  1. Management of On-Farm Stored Grain Roger Brook, Ph.D., P.E. Agricultural Engineering Department Michigan State University Bringing Knowledge to Life

  2. Grain Storage Problems • Moisture and air movement • Molds and similar pathogens • Insects and similar arthropods • Rodents

  3. Equilibrium Moisture Content

  4. Microbial Growth

  5. Minimizing Storage Risk

  6. Grain Storage Management • Prepare your Storage • Prepare your Grain • Manage Grain Temperature • Regular Inspection

  7. Prepare yourStorage

  8. Prepare Your GrainRecommended Moisture

  9. Prepare Your GrainPrevent / Remove Broken Kernels • Check combine adjustment to minimize grain breakage • Review dryer operation to reduce stress cracks • Remove broken kernels

  10. Center Fill to Help Remove Fines

  11. Manage Grain Temperature • Cool rapidly, as temperatures allow • Don’t over cool for time of year • Recommended 30-35F • Check temperature of exhaust air

  12. Fan Operation Cycle

  13. CheckGrainTemperature

  14. MoistureMigrationResultsFromNon-uniformTemperature

  15. GRAIN INSPECTION • Look • Smell • Feel

  16. Safety is ImportantEntrapments Do Happen !!

  17. Beware of Bridging

  18. Thank You for your Attention Roger Brook Michigan State University Agricultural Engineering Dept. 210 Farrall Hall E. Lansing, MI 48824 Tel: 517-353-4456 Fax: 517-355-7711 Email: brook@msu.edu