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The effects of Temperature and Moisture on Stored Grains

The most influential factors in the storage of grains is moisture and temperature.  According to Utah State University grains containing less than 12% moisture and pulses (legumes harvested solely for the dry seed) with less than 10% moisture can be stored for food purposes indefinitely.

Grains as defined by the University include barley, corn, millet, oats, rice, rye, sorghum, triticale and wheat.  Pulses include beans, broadbeans (fava beans), chickpeas, lentils and dried peas.

High moisture content in grain of over 12% causes damage to the seeds because it promotes diseases.  At 13 ½ to 15% moisture levels some fungal spores begin to grow, other species of fungi require 16 – 23%. …

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