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Getting Ready for a Big Harvest
By dholm | 17.9.14

This harvest will no doubt yield a bumper crop.  Concerned about storage capacity? The following is refresher on temporary & emergency storage solutions from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Grain Warehouse Bureau:

Temporary storage:

  • August 1 to May 1 – eligible for extension
  • Rigid sidewalls on a
  • Base of concrete, asphalt or at least 4 inches of compacted limestone
  • Covered by tarp
  • Aeration of at least .13 cfm/bu.
  • Not more than 14% corn or 13% soybean moisture
  • Not more than 50% of permanent licensed storage capacity unless the eligibility for extension is waived and IDALS agrees.

Polyethylene bags:

  • August 1 to May 1 – eligible for extension
  • At least 8.5 mil thickness on the bags, white in color
  • Placement on concrete, asphalt, compacted limestone or bladed dirt, free of puncture hazards
  • Corn only at 14% maximum moisture
  • Not more than 30% of permanent licensed storage capacity.

Emergency storage:

  • August 1 to January 31 – Not eligible for extension
  • Placement on concrete, asphalt or at least 4 inches of compacted limestone
  • Corn only at 15% maximum moisture
  • $2.00 per authorized bushel in surety bond or irrevocable letter of credit
  • Not more than 30% of permanent licensed storage capacity

Company owed:

  • The above guidelines are for full license coverage, including customer-owned stored grain.  A warehouse operator may place paid and unpaid company owned grain on the ground without consultation with or approval of the Grain Warehouse Bureau as long as the grain is removed from the daily position record.


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