Iowa farmers can expect a near-record corn harvest this year. There are three grain storage options for farmers to handle the large expected harvest: store the grain temporarily on the farm, sell the grain under a credit sale contract, or store the grain in an elevator under a warehouse receipt. Store the grain temporarily on the farm. Indoor temporary storage, such as in machine sheds, pole buildings, or warehouses, is preferred over outdoor storage. The storage facility should have a flat cement floor or a 4- to 6-mil plastic vapor barrier to prevent soil moisture from moving into the grain. Grain should not be piled against walls unless the walls are reinforced. Most machine sheds are not designed for any load of corn on the side walls, but grain kits or freestanding bulkheads can be used. Silos or corn cribs also can be used as temporary grain storage with some modifications.
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Hurburgh, Charles R.; Ginder, Roger; and Todd, Julie, "Temporary grain storage options" (1998). Integrated Crop Management News. 2313.
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