When you have grain stored in Grain Bins in Oregon, there are a number of different insect species that may attack, which will result in both indirect and direct losses. The direct losses that are seen due to insect feeding include a decreased weight in the grain, a loss in the nutrients that are present and a reduction of germination. Indirect losses including the contamination and deterioration of the grain. This all equates to a reduced grade and lower market value of the grain that remains.
Preventing Grain Infestation
There are a number of steps that can be taken to prevent grain damage due to insects. First of all, you should never add new grain to stores of old grain. Also, clean your Grain Bins Oregon thoroughly prior to storing new grain. You can use shovels, hoes and brooms to clear out the older grain and prepare the bin for new storage. Be sure that the cracks and crevices are carefully cleaned and that all holes are sealed to prevent any mice or rats from gaining access to the grain that is stored in bins. Also, you should always prevent any storage of grain that has a high level of moisture, by suing a moisture meter to determine the level that is present.
Another option to protect your grain is that you use an insecticide to spray the bin prior to refilling it with new grain. This should be done at least two weeks prior to the actual storage of any grain. The spray should cover all of the walls of the bins, as well as any partitions or doors.
Protectants for Grain
When you are planning to store dry and insect free grain you should treat it with the proper type of insecticide. It should be placed in the bin before the actual grain is in order to prevent any future infestation of the grain that you are storing.
Using these tips can help you to keep your grain insect and pest free, keeping it uncontaminated and healthy for selling or using at a later date, which will also help to secure your profits.