Harvest And Storage Management
Harvest conditions can change quickly. We’ve got a short video on grain drying that is worth a review before drying your barley.
Malt barley can be harvested at around 16-18 per cent moisture if you’ve got ready access to grain drying equipment. Harvesting damp or tough can keep the malting quality at its highest and reduce the risk of pre-harvest sprouting as we move into the fall when rain and heavy dews are more common.
Barley is considered safe for storage at 13.5 per cent moisture content and is safest when cool. With hot grain temperatures, targeting slightly drier is worthwhile, as is using aeration to get the grain cooled down fast. Monitor grain bins for indications of heating or spoiling.
Take a few minutes to review the details in the video.