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Grain storage takes on greater importance this harvest, according to Hurburgh

Iowa farmers who don’t emphasize good grain storage practices this fall will pay for it in the spring, when they find the corn they harvested contaminated with unusual amounts of mold, said an Iowa State University grain storage expert.

Uneven quality and maturity in this year’s corn harvest means grain storage management will take on even greater importance than in previous years, said Charles Hurburgh, a professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State.

“Farmers need to be prepared to manage wide variability in grain properties this fall,” Hurburgh said. “You can’t cut corners on good grain management practices or it’ll come back to bite you.”

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