Rapid cooling and drying of the grain is important
Rapid cooling and drying of the grain is important to prevent the growth of storage fungi and make the grain stock-stable. When grain is stored with a high water percentage and / or a high temperature, the growth of the stock fungi is stimulated. As part of their life cycle, the fungi form toxins, which can pose a significant health risk to the consumer if they occur in the food. In addition to the increased risk of storage fungi, the kernels lose weight the higher the temperature is and
if the temperature in the grain, for example, is 11 ºC, the grain must be dried down to 14-15% water to be stock-stable.
Water content of the grain lies by, as the kernels breathe and give off heat. In order to reduce the risk of developing toxins and maintain a high quality, it is very important that the grain is dried and cooled to storage firmness immediately after harvest. Dry grain is not in itself a guarantee that the grain is stock-stable. The grain must also be cooled.