1983 - Volume #7, Issue #1, Page #07[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Tile Aerates Grain, Hay
Henderson first used the idea for grain. He runs 4 in. perforated plastic drain tile through his stored grain near the bottom and pumps air through it with an 18-in. fan. He says the idea worked so well that last year, when he had trouble getting his early hay dry, he used the same fan connected to about 200 ft. of tile through his hay mow, with about 4 tiers of bales underneathand 10 to 12 above the tile. He says the idea kept bales from spoiling and brought them down to the correct moisture level. He also notes that air flow in hay helps eliminate the danger of hot spots developing.
(Editor's Note: At least one drainage tile company, Advanced Drainage Systems, Columbus, Ohio, is offering corrugated polyethylene tubing, similar to field tile, in sizes from 10 to 24 in. for aerating grain. Contact: ADS . Inc., Dept. FSF, 3300 Riverside Dr., Box 21301, Columbus, Ohio 43221.)
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