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How Can Grain Testing & Conditioning Equipment Save Money For Your Farm Operation?

Tags: grain bin spoilage, grain testing, moisture meter, test weight, Sukup aeration, Devolder Farms

Do you know the moisture, test weight and temperature of the grain in each bin you have? These data sources are key grain quality indicators that are useful tools for marketing grain and maintaining the life span of stored grain.

 
Testing grain helps manage and market grain by testing the quality and moisture of the grain you store and dry. Inaccurate results or the absence of grain quality testing can lead to:
 
·         Grain spoilage if grain is stored too wet and not enough aeration is applied to grain bin
·         Extra drying costs on farm if your grain is harvested wetter than necessary
·         Excessive moisture shrinkage and drying charges if grain is sold too wet to elevators, ethanol plants, etc.
·         Extra drying costs and loss of value if grain is dried below the market standard
·         Rejected loads of grain if quality is poor
·         Potential safety issues if grain has spoiled in the bin

 Properly aerating any stored grain is also important for your overall grain quality. Conditioning grain adequately will prevent many spoilage issues and loss of profits. The monitoring of stored grain is just as important as the field and marketing management practices that you employ on your farm operation. How stored grain is managed directly affects the profits received for marketed grain. It is important to detect and correct a storage problem immediately in order to minimize any quality issues.

 Knowing the condition of grain in your bin will help you get the most value for your crop. Here are some tips to follow each season for monitoring stored grain:

 
·         Visually check your bins frequently to check for any signs of moisture spoilage and quality deterioration in all grain bins
·         Take samples from your grain bins to detect hot spots or spoilage (crusting, odour, sprouting)
·         Record grain temperatures, test weight and moisture for each grain bin to maximize grain profits
·         To get reliable moisture readings, obtain representative grain samples, use your tester properly and annually check your tester’s accuracy
·         Consult your local dealer for advice on proper aeration practices for stored grain
·         Follow all safety precautions if entering the bin. Never enter a bin when equipment is running.

 Contact Devolder Farms for assistance in properly sizing aeration for your grain storage and for more information on grain testing equipment.   Devolder Farms offers aeration fans, temperature cables, air tubes, bin liners, moisture testing equipment and scales, test weight kits, sample probes, dockage sieves and more. 

 
       
 

 Other grain storage testing and management information that may be helpful:

Moisture Conversion Charts for Model 919 Moisture Meter (published by the Canadian Grain Commission)
Test Weight Conversion Charts (published by the Canadian Grain Commission)
Official Grain Grading Guide (published by the Canadian Grain Commission)
 


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