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by: University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture
April 21 2010, Article # 16176
With the early onset of warm temperatures this spring, stored grain operators need to closely monitor their inventories to stay ahead of any problems that might result in a loss of grain quality. Any sudden changes in temperature and moisture levels in the bin could be a sign of mold or insect activity, said agricultural engineers with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.
Growers dealt with exceptionally wet weather during the 2009 harvest, and much of the grain never dried enough for safe storage through the spring or summer. "Cooler temperatures provided a margin of storage life last fall, but grain moisture must be controlled as the crop is held in warmer weather," said Sam McNeill, UK extension agricultural engineer...
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