Even in winter months, all stored grain should be checked on a biweekly basis at minimum to monitor grain temperature, moisture levels, and possible insect and rodent infestation. Biweekly inspections are even recommended in automated control systems to ensure controls are functioning properly.
Here are a few tips for monitoring bins:
- Smell the exhaust to detect musty odors indicating mold development.
- Check the grain surface for crusting, wet areas and molds as well as insect and rodent activity.
- Check grain temperature and moisture. "In-bin" electronic probes, which are becoming more common, allow growers to monitor these properties continuously.
- Probe the grain mass to check for "hot spots," molds and insects.
- Check inside the roof of the building for condensation and leaks.
- Make sure the building exterior is well-drained, weather-tight, rodent-tight and not physically damaged by the forces of the grain.
If you detect any problems, correct them immediately. If necessary move the grain to a different storage facility.
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