Corn Drying and Storage Tips
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Towards the end of corn’s natural life cycle, starch gradually accumulates within the kernels and displaces moisture (via evaporation). This is known as the dry down period – and while it’s usually a case of “the dryer the better” for long-term storage purposes, timing harvest can be a difficult decision.
While earlier harvests are better for avoiding field losses, combining and handling corn with higher moisture levels increases the risk of damage and drying expenses. That said, once the decision has been made, you need to make sure it’s safe and dry before it ever sees the bin. And that it stays that way, once it’s there.
Ideal harvest timing moisture is 20 to 25%. Ideal storage moisture is 15% or less.
Ten tips for drying and storing your corn
Properly storing corn through the winter safeguards kernel quality and protects it from losses associated with spoilage. Follow these tips to help ensure your harvested corn maintains its value during storage: