Storing Wet Grain at Harvest

When faced with the dilemma of storing wet grain

Dave Wall, the founder of Wall Grain Systems, knows this problem all too well. During any given harvest, somewhere in Western Canada, Mother Nature has put producers into the position of storing tough or wet grain.

The harvest of 2016 was no exception as the majority of farm operations struggled with excessively damp conditions. (see chart “Maximum Moisture Content for Safe Grain Storage”)

Maximum Moisture Content for Safe Grain Storage

The problem of storing tough or damp grain can be extremely expensive:

  1. Tough and damp grain is an automatic downgrade in quality if delivered as is.
  2. Tough or damp grain can rot and spoil while in storage causing a further downgrade to “sample”. Moreover, if tough or damp grain is mixed with dry grain, it can cause the entire bin to spoil.
  3. Due to the difficulties of storing wet grain, many producers choose to deliver their wet grain unpriced to a delivery point. In most years, the position of selling unpriced grain at harvest means taking a substantial hit to your potential revenue.

Dave Wall founded his company Wall Grain on the premise that his team could help Western Canadian producers overcome some of the potential losses that wet grain at harvest can incur. Wall Grain can set-up growers with the equipment and knowledge to effectively store and condition their grain for proper long-term storage. Moreover, Wall Grain also has the ability to empower growers to effectively monitor their stored grain for heat and moisture build-up during the planned months in storage.

Wall Grain recommends a grain conditioning technique called “Fast Dry”.

Although it sounds like a relatively straight-forward concept, officials at Wall Grain have learned over the years that a very specific formula needs to be followed to ensure their clients save as much as they can when fast drying their grain at harvest.

To fast dry grain, Wall Grain recommends:

  1. Flat bottom bins with bin sweeps
  2. Aerated floors
  3. Fans
  4. Burners

To keep the costs of fast drying their grain down, producers must be able to readily measure their stored grain temperature and moisture levels as well as the outside temperature and relative humidity.

By having this information at their fingertips, producers are empowered to react and apply the appropriate combination of aeration and heat for the appropriate amount of time.

If interested in learning more, please call (844) 744-9255 or email to book an appointment with an agent.

"When speaking to your sales rep, we learned a lot about the advantages of stiffened walls as well as how temperature monitoring and fan control can keep you from losing value on your grain."

Don Chapman (farmer)