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This NebGuide describes many of the management factors that influence the quality of stored grain.

Grain quality will not improve during storage. At best, the initial quality can only be maintained. When stored grain goes out of condition, it is usually the cumulative result of several interrelated management factors that include: 1) harvesting, handling, and storage equipment; 2) initial condition of the grain; 3) grain moisture content; 4) grain temperature; 5) aeration system management; 6) insect and mold control; and 7) monitoring grain condition. An effective management program greatly enhances the likelihood of maintaining top quality grain.