Grain Storage Books Available From Midwest Plan Service

Consider these resources if you're looking to design a new system, or prevent storage problems in the existing one. Compiled by staff 

Published on: Nov 1, 2005

Two books about maintaining stored grain are available from MidWest Plan Service (MWPS) at Iowa State University.

The book, "Managing Dry Grain in Storage," explains causes of grain spoilage and how to manage grain to prevent storage problems. It focuses on cylindrical storage structures but offers principles of grain storage management that apply to all types of storage. It emphasizes maintenance of grain at its initial storage moisture and does not address intentional drying or rewetting of grain. The 24-page book is available for $8, plus shipping and handling.

"Dry Grain Aeration Systems Design Handbook" provides guidelines for selecting, sizing, locating and evaluating grain aeration systems. The book includes bulleted lists, 46 illustrations, 20 tables and four appendixes of additional information. The 88-page illustrated handbook is available for $25, plus shipping and handling. This book also is available as a download on the MWPS Web site:

To order these publications as well as the free 2005 MWPS catalog and other materials, contact MWPS online at, e-mail at, phone at (800) 562-3618 or (515) 294-4337, fax at (515)294-9589, or write MWPS, 122 Davidson Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-3080.