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Webinar Covers Spring Management Issues of 2009 Grain in Storage


AMES, Iowa --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 March 4. As Iowa 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,” said 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, which can be viewed at http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p72291359/, 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,” said Hurburgh.

Other articles by Hurburgh on grain storage and management issues are available at the ICM News Web site www.extension.iastate.edu/cropnews.


Contacts :

Charles Hurburgh, Ag & Biosystems Engineering, (515) 294-8629, tatry@iastate.edu

Willy Klein, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0662, wklein@iastate.edu