Grain Storage Management: A Guide for Keeping Your Grain in Top Condition

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David Williams
Department of Agricultural Engineering,
Einar W. Palm
Department of Plant Pathology
Ralph E. Munson
Department of Entomology
David E. Baker
Department of Agricultural Engineering

Grain isn't necessarily "in the bin" after harvest. That is, broken kernels, moisture pockets, insects, storage molds and other problems can set in and take away your hard-earned capital. This publication addresses problems commonly encountered in stored grain as well as the management principles needed to keep dry grain quality high.

Controlling storage molds and storage insects is discussed in detail. Management principles include aeration procedure and costs, checking grain, and temperature monitoring. Some specific information includes methods of temperature measurement, lowering harvest losses, aeration costs and how to check grain for degeneration.

Both bin and flat storage systems are addressed, although this text does not discuss the pros and cons of each. MU publication G1969, Safe Storage and Handling of Grain, provides additional information on grain safety.


  • Angoumois grain moth
  • Contaminated augers
  • Discoloration of grain
  • Grain fumigation
  • Heating, insect invasion
  • Moisture migration
  • Mycotoxin
  • Rice weevil
  • Sawtoothed grain beetle
  • Storage fungi


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