My grandfather used to say “A penny saved is a penny earned.” In the rice milling industry, we could incorporate that philosophy into a new mantra of “A rice kernel saved is a penny earned.” Milling rice inconsistently could equate to a lower milling yield, producing you less return on your investment. Every step in the milling process is just as important as the other. One aspect of the milling process that needs constant attention in your milling operation is moisture content. The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has a great article on why measuring moisture content is important.
Inaccurate moisture content measurements lead to:
- Extra drying cost and harvesting loss if paddy is harvested wetter than necessary
- Spoilage if the grain is too wet in storage
- Extra drying cost and loss of quality if paddy is dried too far
- Lower head rice when milled at wrong moisture content
- Weight loss (loss in profit) if grain is sold too dry
If you haven’t taken time to look into the full story behind moisture content in your rice milling operation, you can check out the full article by clicking Moisture Content in Milling.