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01-14-2014 04:23 PM
My corn went in the bin wet and didn't dry well. That's one reason it's nearly all gone. Some I sold way wet and some got dried down but didn't have the quality I liked.
Anyway, I've heard of a lot of wet corn going to market. When the weather warms up this spring will you be checking your bins or running the planter?
01-14-2014 05:56 PM
When it warms up will probably run em wide open for a week or better
Will core everything before spring
Think we are ahead of everything except one bin. It's not bad but seems to have a bit of heat and moisture every time the fans are fired up. Ran it for a few days last go around so maybe it's in a better place
01-14-2014 06:41 PM
01-14-2014 06:51 PM
Froze mine hard
Has always except for last year worked to drop the last 3 to 5% too much moisture out of the corn. (last year it dropped the moisture out but the corn just was not right and still would heat).
I have found that for me at least a 2 hp fan /12,000 bu bin exhausting will do better than a 5-7.5hp blowing air though a bin. No condensation on the roof etc. to run down the sides and to get in trouble later.
I usually get a final moisture level around 15% + or - 3/4%.
01-14-2014 06:55 PM
Buck: turn the fan around and suck the air through. Just make sure you have adequate venting for the roof.
Pushing air through will always give you a higher moisture reading on the first few loads after it has sat a day or two.
01-14-2014 07:45 PM
Also. You might have had some moisture migrate to the center. Which is why we are running every 10-14 days. To punch that core migration out
That's the reason I don't freeze our corn. Cool it way down but not freeze
Also try to run fans non stop once we start filling a bin until it's full. Helps reduce any preferential flow issues
Sounds like hobby likes low HP. I want power and shallow layers. Have fans on every bin that will pop the roof sheets even when full and have roof vents all the way around to boot. Clear full we can still get 1.5 cfm plus thru it
01-15-2014 06:25 AM
This is just me talking out loud here - But if I had wet corn ( 17 or so ) comeing out now- it woud be gone by spring - - I run mine threw a dryer and then cool in bin - so I do it different than some -
Buck as MT and hobby has said - many thinggs can and will go wrong - it could have been as simple as mositure in the probe at the elevator when they tested it .
I'm more on the same page as MT here - Lots of air will save a lot of problems down the road - I have 3-- 36 footers with 2 - 20hp fans on each and one with a 10 hp fan - I use this one mainly for beans and it sucks compared to the 20's ,
01-15-2014 03:38 PM - edited 01-15-2014 03:38 PM
If there is a good fan on the bin, 16-17% corn can still be air dried and kept thru the summer. All you have to do is hit the switch on the fan.........a little more often than usual. I have done this many times and pulled dry corn out of the bins in August.