Fruity Smell in Grain Shed

DrWazzock

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Location
Lincolnshire
Found an old perforated cooler tube with fan on top. Screwed it down into a hot pile. Pulling a lot of heat out. Only doing a small area but makes me feel better. I can move it tomorrow. Hopefully it will save the hot wet stuff till the drier is running on Monday.
 

DrWazzock

Member
Location
Lincolnshire
It might not be grain moisture ,squashed ladybirds or other insects in the heap will soon start to heat up
it seemed fairly widespread amongst the loads we’d tipped in from the last field. The only field I hadn’t sprayed off in its entirety. It was pretty flat as well. Another week and it would have taken root. A dicey year.
 

farmerm

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Location
Shropshire
Contractors combine is in the last field before us now.. Apparently at best neighbours wheat got to 16.3 this afternoon... Forecast for tomorrow morning...

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:cautious::banghead::banghead: Anyone local got a drier for sale?
 

Badshot

Member
Location
Kent
I filled my shed up with 21% sprouted wheat one year, was blowing with two 40hp fans.
Not much happening, invested in a grain butler, stunk, horrid, like your fruity smell when I stirred it.
Done it a couple times, moisture dropped quickly once it was loosened up.
 

digger64

Member
After more searching on all fours with my hands in the heap I found the hot spot in the spring barley heap fortunately not far from the front. I have loaded about 18 tons out and spread it in my dry store as best I can. The rest of the “wet” heap seems cool enough. It was the last spring barley we combined and it hadn’t been round upped. It was fairly flat but maybe not all dead. Can’t remember the moisture being over 18%. It’s very hot and damp. Probably green grain trouble. What a year.
Push some long metal rods into the heap should give you some idea where problems are and help you monitor it
 

Happy

Member
Location
Scotland
It was the last spring barley we combined and it hadn’t been round upped. It was fairly flat but maybe not all dead. Can’t remember the moisture being over 18%. It’s very hot and damp. Probably green grain trouble. What a year.
That’s why us terrible northerners routinely use pre-harvest round up. The maltsters here usually take in all the barley they need for the next year by the end of September with a prefererence to dry it themselves so storing it in bulk heap undried at 16-18% for a couple of weeks awaiting uplift is not unusual.

I expect your grain wouldn’t be over 18% bar any greens in the tramlines & any secondary growth.
You don’t need many of them or green weed seeds in a heap for long to get it start heating.
 

DrWazzock

Member
Location
Lincolnshire
The hot wet grain I spread in the other shed isn’t too bad this morning. Still a bit of warmth in it and smells like booze. No smell in wet shed now. I have got the drier discharge elevator back together after the mods and if I can rob a 5” pulley off another unused auger I can get the drier going today and freshen up the hot wet stuff. Must have been secondary regrowth and green grains. It was the only bit we didn’t spray off. Thank goodness we sprayed the most of it.
 

David.

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
J11 M40
Always used to store barley in sacks at 17% without problems. Had a heap of wooden spars called "prickers" to push into the open top of each sack if moisture was a bit iffy, that was supposed to draw the damp.
Grandads had some funny ideas, but they managed without all the toys we now find to be essential.
 

DrWazzock

Member
Location
Lincolnshire
Continuous flow drier should be working after lunch so that will take the pressure off. Robbed a pulley off an old auger to get us going.
Been a lesson to me right enough.
 

MattR

Member
What do you put in your RT crop temperature records? is there a scale of rod temperature ranging from "hmmm" all the way up to " oohffffkinell that's hot"
:ROFLMAO:
Also use a temp probe. But a few rods allows monitoring several bins/areas of a store at once and also (more importantly) much deeper than my probe so if there's a hotspot below the depth of the probe then you can deal with it before a fair chunk of grain is ruined
 

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