Growers need to monitor stored grain carefully throughout the storage period at least every 2 weeks -- even in winter months, say Pioneer experts. A regular check of bins allows growers to assess the condition of grain. It also provides the opportunity to catch emerging problems before they result in spoiled grain.
Here are some tips for monitoring bins:
- Smell the exhaust to detect musty odors that indicate molds are developing.
- 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 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.