Are Your Grains Going Out Of Condition When Stored?
It is a normal habit of the farmers to put their grains in the storage bins during fall at a moisture content that is higher than the normal. This is because of the late maturity of the crop and the less drying of the grain in the field. If the grain is stored wetter than the recommended storage moisture, especially during the winter months, then there are abundant chances to lose the grain. This happens when the corn is stored with a moisture level of above 15% and the moisture content of soybean is over 13%.
The ideal temperature for maintaining the grain when storing is 35 to 40 degrees which is safer than storing the grain wetter. It is the best defense to safeguard the grains from incurring a loss. For preparing the grains ready for storage, it is necessary to aerate the grains using grain bin fan control and automatically operate the fan using EndZone Fan Controls.
Aerating the grain using Grain Bin Fan Control
After the grains are cooled down, they tend to get warm in the storage bins during winter as the moisture migrates from the sides to the center of the bin and also due to the solar hearing present on the roof of the bin.
Time is the essence of aerating the grain fully in the bin. The grain should be cooled down evenly to acquire the desired temperature. The aeration of the grain depends on the size of the fan or commonly called the airflow.
In case the fan is small then it will not take hours or a couple of days but about a week to aerate the grains fully. However, keep an eye on the grains so that the grains are not dried excessively. Therefore, the fan should not be operated for longer periods. Alternatively, if a large farm is being used then it can aerate the grains faster and within days instead of a whole week.
EndZone Fan Controls is a helpful device that can operate the fan between two set parameters of low and high temperature, that is between 30 to 35 degrees for aerating the grains. Grain Temp Guard Probes are required to be placed at various spots in the storage bin to monitor the temperature throughout the grain bin.
Identify the presence of mold
During winters, it is good to aerate the grains weekly, if required and there is any variation in the temperature. Inspect the grains often before the grain goes out of condition. Any foul smell or odor coming from the grain is an indication of the development of mold or fungus. At the same time, the presence of water droplets on the roof is an indication of condensation. That means there is a presence of mold in the stored grains inside the bin.
As soon as the grain is aerated, there should be an immediate plan of action that should be followed for storing the grain. This should be done within minutes of aerating the grain. The grain should be dried till the desired temperature which is mandatory for safe storage of the grain.
EndZone Fan Controls should be used as it can operate the fan automatically within the two preset parameters. Wherein it turns the fan ON and OFF according to the range of temperature. As such, it is useful for the farmers as they need not worry about checking the temperature again and again.