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Storage of high moisture barley

Description

Grains reach maturity several days before harvest. To prevent spoilage, harvesting is normally delayed to allow the grain drying time in the field. If barley could be harvested when it reached maturity, rather than having to let it dry in the field, then harvests could be completed earlier with reduced field losses. Tough grain with a moisture content of 15.5 to 17.0 per cent when bin stored may rot. Damp grain with a moisture content greater than 17.1 per cent will rot quickly, often producing enough heat to start a fire. Spoiled grain is useless as feed since there is a risk of toxic chemical build-up during spoilage from aflatoxins, which are produced by soil micro-organisms. Aflatoxins endanger the health of both people and animals. Micro-organic contamination occurs during both the growing season and harvest when dust becomes mixed with the grain. If damp grain is to be stored successfully, you must prevent microorganic growth or kill micro-organisms before growth begins.

Updated

October 1, 2008

Tags
barley farm storage field crops grain crops silos

Title and publication information

Type
Fact Sheet
Series Title

Agri-facts

Extent

4 pages

Frequency

Once

Publisher / Creator Information

Publisher

Agriculture and Rural Development (2008-2015)

Contributor

McLelland, Murray

Place of Publication

Lacombe

Subject Information

Topic
Agriculture
Subject (LCSH)

Barley--Storage.

Resource Dates

Date Created

2008-10-01

Date Added

2015-12-10T18:55:04.852421

Date Modified

2008-10-01

Date Issued

2008-10-01

Audience information

Identifiers

AGDEX number

114/61-1

NEOS catalogue key

4252350

Usage / Licence

Contact

Contact Name

Agriculture and Forestry

Contact Email

duke@gov.ab.ca