- After the grain is cooled, cover all fans and duct openings to prevent entry of moisture and kept covered in the spring and summer to limit warm air movement. Ventilate the top of the bin to reduce solar heating. Keep the grain cool, if possible, into the early spring and only aerate in early summer if problems develop.
- Monitor stored grain weekly during the fall until grain temperatures have reached winter storage temperatures and every two weeks during the winter months. Measure and record grain temperatures during inspections and look for condensation and insect activity. Use technology and automation when available, but visual inspection and monitoring are critical.
- The dangers of grain handling cannot be stressed heavily enough. NEVER enter a bin when grain is flowing and be extremely cautious around all grain handling structures and equipment. Be sure to have safety precautions and emergency plans in place and make them known to all workers and bystanders on the farm.
1Sadaka, S. On-Farm Soybean Drying and Storage. University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension https://www.uaex.edu.
2Hellevang, K. 2018. Harvesting and Storing Soybeans. North Dakota State University Extension. https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/cpr/stored-grain/harvesting-and-storing-soybeans-09-13-18
Web sources verified 9/24//2018.