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Five reasons why you should opt for grain aeration systems

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article image Grain aeration systems enhance productivity and profit, and they prevent wastage
You invest a substantial amount of time into growing and harvesting your crops, so why risk wasting them by failing to adopt optimal storage practices?

1. Enhance grain longevity

Grain aeration systems, such as the Aeration Manager from Aeration Control Australia , are a must when it comes to storing grain, as they operate by blowing outside air through the grain, a process that cools, dries and subsequently removes excess moisture from the grain.

Quality aeration of this nature improves the germination rate of grain, and according to the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) “germination and seed vigour is maintained for longer when [grain is] cool and dry.”

2. Maintain grain quality

DAFF explains that grain aeration systems maintain the quality of various different types of grain.

This is particularly evident here as the Aeration Manger features a unique touch screen that allows users to choose from 20 different grain types. The type of grain chosen will determine how the system will operate.

The aeration process effectively maintains the colour of pulse grains such as chickpeas and lentils, along with the bread-making qualities of flour and oil quality of oilseeds.

3. Eliminate pests

Grain pests find it increasingly difficult to survive, and typically die, when grain temperatures fall below 15-20°C.

Obviously, in the summer months grain temperatures are much higher than this, and pests tend to flourish. Grain aeration systems can be programmed to ensure grain temperatures remain below 15-20°C all year round, which effectively prevents them from destroying your grain.

4. Slows mould growth

DAFF notes that because they make the moisture content of grain much more uniform, aeration systems cause mould to multiply at a much slower rate.

5. Enhanced productivity during the harvest


Grain aeration systems allow you to harvest grain even when it has a high moisture content, as you can temporarily separate it from the dry grain already stored, use the systems to remove the excess moisture, and then store the grain in the same location.

Farmers can also return to harvesting much earlier after a rain delay, as moisture rich grain can still be harvested, as long as it is dried by the grain aeration systems prior to being combined with dry grain.

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