Posted 11/30/2012 13:58 (#2725132) Subject: My Corn situation
This was my first year growing corn, and as all know, we had a great fall for field dry down. I do not have a dryer and was in touch with some on here as well as doing research into air drying. Well, I tried it, and it seems to be working great, but now what do I do? Here's the situation: It all went into the bin at 15-17.5% and I have had the fan running for at least a month. I sold a load last week and it ran 15.3 moisture at the elevator, so they docked me a little bit. I took some tests today from up top (the stuff I could reach) and it was anywhere from 15-16.2%. I have been told that running the fan will not do anything when the temp is cool. I was also told to wait until we have some below zero days and freeze the bin up. So, my question is..... What can I do to get that last point out of there with the temp where it is? (20 at night, 50 for the next few days, then dropping off after that). One bin is already all below freezing (have a temp sensor in it), and the other I have no idea what temp that is at. I know it will keep ok for now, but will freezing it and then loading it out in spring take my 1-1.5 points out? It's inevitable that I will have to sell most in spring, and can keep some around for summer sales, which I know then when its warm moving air through it will be ok to help dry it down a little more. Thanks for any help, I'm kinda puzzled as to what I need to do. Never air dried before, and will definately be buying a dryer next year so I won't have to worry about this again.
For equipment Bin one is 10,000 bushel with a 10hp 24"fan.
Bin two is 15000 bushel with a 10hp squirrel cage fan.