7 tips for monitoring grain over winter

Source: DuPont Pioneer

Monitoring grain over the winter is crucial and should be done every two weeks, according to DuPont Pioneer experts. Assessing the condition of grain throughout winter can allow for catching problems and possibly spoiled grain.

Here are some tips for monitoring bins:

  1. Smell the exhaust to detect musty odors that indicate molds are developing.
  2. Check the grain surface for crusting, wet areas and molds, as well as insect and rodent activity.
  3. Check grain temperature and moisture. “In-bin” electronic probes, which are becoming more common, allow growers to monitor these properties continuously.
  4. Probe the grain mass to check for “hot spots,” molds and insects.
  5. Check inside the roof of the building for condensation and leaks.
  6. Make sure the building exterior is well-drained, weather-tight, rodent-proof and not physically damaged by the forces of the grain. 
  7. If you detect any problems, correct them immediately. If necessary move the grain to a different storage facility.

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