Grain storage fatalities account for a large percentage of agricultural-related deaths in the United States. Researchers at Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering are trying to find ways to decrease this number of fatalities.
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An Iowa State University grain quality specialist, Charles Hurburgh says some growers are choosing to leave corn in the fields because the kernels’ moisture content is too high for safe storage.
“If it takes energy and takes resources that folks don’t have to use or to burn, they’re not going to use it,” says Gretchen Mosher, a professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University. “And it will just become one of those projects that the Western people come in and develop and then it sits there after they leave.”
Being able to feed the world is a monumental undertaking, but Dirk Maier, a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, is utilizing computer simulations and inexpensive drying and storage technologies to help smallholder farmers save more of their harvests.
Maize is a chief source of nutrition for about 900 million of the world’s poorest consumers and about one-third of all malnourished children, but poor grain storage can cut the amount of available maize in half. That’s why Denis Bbosa is at Iowa State studying new methods of safely storing grains. Bbosa, a graduate assistant … Continue reading Grad student works to revolutionize grain storage, eliminate insecticides