Click the headlines below to watch videos from the June/July issue's focus, aeration:
The president of Safe Grain, Inc., Scott Chant, covers how to appropriately size fans for a balanced aeration system and how to space vents for optimal results, and gives advice on the importance of bin cleaning to maintain grain quality.
"I can't guarentee you successful grain storage, but I can give you tips and you can take action steps that will help you improve your odds of successful grain storage," Chant says.
Kevin Miles, president, Rolfes@Boone, shares some history, advantages and drawbacks of the most common grain aeration systems on the market today. But first and foremost, he stresses that patience is key with effective grain management.
"The first thing you've got to realize is aeration is a very ... slow process. It's not like you're going to turn your fan on for an hour and be done with it."
Eli Troyer, president and owner of AgriDry LLC, reminds viewers that in spite of the need to finish the job, there is never a good reason to enter a bin. "We have some serious problems with people getting trapped and actually losing thier life in a grain bin because the avalanching of grain ... when they get in to unload their bin."
Watch for his tips on preventing grain entrapment by following grain aeration principles such as spreading fines during loading, monitoring grain temperature and using fans to maintain moisture content.