Dr. Charles Hurburgh, of ISU Extension and Outreach, says grain drying is the crucial factor after harvest, needing to dry quickly and eliminate wet holding time. Hurburgh advises;
- Increase home bin dryers to 120-degrees Fahrenheit and don’t store grain for long – it needs to be in and out.
- If the damaged grain isn’t dried quickly, it’ll continue to grow mold and become more dangerous to cattle and humans.
- The damaged corn won’t give moisture up easily and will lose less during cool down than expected.
- To not directly store grain in silo bags after harvest, even at 17 to 18% moisture, but test weights of 55 to 56 bu/lb may get away with it.
Test weight is most important as it’s the first indication of damage or stress. Low test weight grain that is not damaged by fungus is not well handled by poultry.