AGRIBUSINESS: Checking Grain Storage Bins For Spoilage

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Even though it’s winter, it is important to monitor stored grain throughout the storage period.

Public and private experts said producers should be making routine checks, at least every two weeks.  Regular storage bin checks let producers catch problems that can spoil grains early on.

Tips for monitoring grain are smelling exhaust to detect musty odors, checking grain surface for crusting areas and pests as well as probing grain for hot spots to make sure the building in undamaged.

The National Resources Defense Council released a report stating two percent of North American grain products are lost during post harvest, handling and storage.