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Identifying insect pests in stored grain

Philip Burrill   May 31, 2017   Comments Off on Identifying insect pests in stored grain

Winter—time to visit your storages As temperatures drop and hopefully winter crop planting is completed, a little time invested around your storage facility will pay dividends. During our coldest months storage pests are not breeding rapidly and are less likely to fly. They are quietly sitting in grain residues in empty silos, or keeping warm in silos still holding grain…. Read more »

Effective aeration cooling of stored grain

Philip Burrill   April 26, 2016   Comments Off on Effective aeration cooling of stored grain

Aeration cooling uses fans on grain storages to lower grain temperatures, which helps maintain grain quality and reduce storage pest problems. When cooling grain using aeration, the aim is to reduce and keep grain temperatures below the following seasonal targets: Winter crops (stored November-March): below 23°C Summer crops (stored April-September): below 15°C Most insect storage pests prefer temperatures from 25-35°C… Read more »