Even in winter months, all stored grain should be checked on a biweekly basis (at a 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 temperature and moisture.
- Make sure the exterior is well drained, weather tight, rodent tight and not physically damaged.
Click here for more basic principles of grain storage. Any detected problems should be corrected immediately. If necessary, grain should be moved to a different storage facility.
Source: DuPont Pioneer