Grain quality preservation:
- One also needs to be sure that the end-user of the stored grain does not have restrictions on insecticide uses on or around the grains that they are going to purchase. If growing specialty grains, check with your buyers before using insecticides.
- A few more words of caution include, new grain should NEVER be stored on top of grain from a previous season's harvest; remove old grain and clean bins before adding new grain.
- Grains broken in the harvesting and/or handling process become more susceptible to infestation by insects and mold. Thus, adjust combines according to the manufacturer's specifications to minimize grain damage and to maximize removal of fines and other foreign material, move grains as little as possible, and limit the number of times and heights from which grains are dropped to reduce breakage.
Grain engulfment prevention:
- Last but not least, review your safety procedures for working with flowing grain, grain harvesting and handling equipment, and personal protection.
- Anyone who works around the bins and grain handling equipment should know where to find shut-off switches, fire extinguishers, and emergency phone numbers.
- Being prepared for harvest will reduce the risk of accidents, and knowing how to react in an emergency can save lives.
Your 2012 crop may be small, but valuable and its quality needs to be protected if it is being stored. The bin should be cleaned, and an insecticide treatment applied if needed. Aeration and conditioning equipment should be checked and maintained, and the grain being stored should be regularly monitored for quality, but in doing so, no one should be in danger of entrapment.
Source: FarmGate blog