June 10, 2008 | Elise Schafer

Quality Practices that Pay

While it won't be found on a police car, this need for vigilance in the proper handling, cleaning, drying and storage of grain is no less important to the quality end game.

Don't risk premiums by letting moisture, mold, pests or undesirable temperature compromise grain quality. Using appropriate drying, aerating and inspecting practices help protect and preserve the value of your grain.

Guarding grain quality is the mission of thousands of grain elevators and farms across America. The guardians of grain quality dedicate their lives to monitoring the commodity at every step in its lifecycle from harvest to feed trough, and it's not always an easy job. Providing feed manufacturers, exporters and end users with quality grain requires the use of best management practices, measurement tools, the right equipment and a healthy body of knowledge. Proper bin management strategies, such as aeration, moisture management and pest control are equally important as performing the right diagnostics and utilizing the best drying methods for each individual situation.

The reality is there's nothing anyone can do to make grain better after it's been harvested.-

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