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Stirring Cuts Low Temperature Drying Costs

Overdrying Costs*
(When Marketing Shelled Corn Below 15.5%)

Moisture Content Extra Drying Costs Extra Shrinkage Costs Total Overdrying Costs

Cents / Bushel

14% 2.2 4.4 6.6
13% 3.7 7.2 10.9
12% 5.3 9.9 15.2
11% 7.1 12.6 19.7

Drying Cost Comparison

Drying Data No Stirring With Stirring
Bushels 10,000 10,000
Bin Diameter 30' 30'
Temperature Rise 10 F 10 F
Fan Size 10 hp 10 hp
Moisture Removed 23% - 15% 23% - 15%
Time to Dry* 600 hours 312 hours
Total Drying Costs* (gas and electricity) $949.98 $628.94
Cost of Overdrying Bottom Layers* $2060.00 ----
Total Cost $3009.09 $628.94
Annual Savings with Stirring Machine $2380.15

 

*Based on the following references. For copies contact Sukup Manufacturing Company.

"Auger-Stirring of Wet and Dry Corn" by Bern, Wilcke and Hurburgh of Iowa State University.
Paper No. 79-3523 American Society of Agricultural Engineers.

"Saving Energy in Corn Drying" M-161---1980, Ag Extension Service, University of Minnesota.

AGNET Agricultural Computer Network Drying Program from University of Nebraska. Cost based on $.05/kw-hr. and $.60/gal. LP.

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