Grain Storage Issues - Iowa State University

Grain Storage Issues - Iowa State University

Grain Storage Issues Shortcut to Bean Trend2.lnk Future Storage Needs ?

Who Builds New Storage? Commercial Grain Companies Land Owner Renter Commercial Storage

Bigger Bins = Cheaper per bushel cost Drying & Handling Equipment already in place Manpower to handle the crop Assume quality risk Eliminates reloading from farm bin Saves labor & handling shrink

Eliminates over-drying cost & shrink Commercial Storage

Instant payment after grain sale End users need steady grain flow Normally trade large lots

Able to deliver large volume in short time Commercials trade basis not price Land Owner

On-Farm storage is convenient at harvest

Tax savings More flexible marketing options Saves storage cost Saves some drying cost ? Who checks the bin when they go south

Land Owner

Double handling Quality risk

Most farm storage cant handle wet crop Equipment maintenance Property tax & insurance Have to move grain to get paid Would renter use the storage Why invest, Im retiring

Renter

Many farm on large scale Haul with semis Most interested in speed

Typically sell more grain ahead of harvest Dont want to check multiple bins over winter Wont invest in facilities on rented land Grain In Storage Quality Issues

Soybeans harvested well over 13% moisture Lots of bean storage with little or no air Low oil yield Low protein soybean meal High moisture soybean meal

Grain In Storage Quality Issues Corn Harvested 25% - 35% moisture Should be dried twice Inadequate air on most farm storage to handle corn crop this wet

Mycotoxins Low test weight Excessive kernel breakage Protein Starch- Amino Acids

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