Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Australia - Portland, Victoria
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Grain dryer versus aeration drying
At the end of 2016 I will be able to buy a grain dryer or drying kits for silos, I am new to this area and wondering what is best? I was leaning towards aeration kits but I'm in a cool coastal climate...harvest days are limited if wanting to get it off at 12.5% moisture.
So do I buy a dryer and basic silos or silos with aeration/ drying kits.
Things to consider
1. I am a one man band...could dry in mornings however and harvest in after noons and if I had dedicated dryer could dry on rainy days etc??
2. Cool climate 20 degrees c days the norm....can be a touch humid...I thought with dryer silos I could take advantage of the total fire ban days when it's 40 degrees c ??
3. Crops, wheat, barley, faba beans, canola, peas, lupins.
4. Cost? I may be better to spend a bit on dryer, might pick up contract work for the other odd grain grower here?
5. Moisture...most crops I would have at 13-14%...if I try corn down the track it maybe at 20%...or if a local dairy farmer did I could contract dry....
Not sure what else to consider? A grain dryer with a seed cleaner would be the ducks nuts! As when stripping a touch wet sample can be a bit ordinary in the 7720...hope in a couple of years to upgrade to STS....
Any ideas or feed back much appreciated...