Grain Storage, Seed Companies, Seed Suppliers in South Africa

Tips for Successful Grain Storage This Summer

Farmers and seed companies are continuously searching for effective grain storage solutions in order to retain quality throughout the hot summer months. Following best-practice storage solutions will ensure that grain can be kept fresher for longer. These best-practices are useful for both farmers who like to buy supplies in bulk, and seed companies who need time to market and store their stock safely. In summer, the freshness of any produce can be compromised due to the intense heat and, in some areas, humidity. By following the industry-leading tips in the preparation and maintenance of grain storage bins, you can maximise the lifespan and quality of your grain this season.

The Importance of Preparation

It is very important that your first step towards quality grain storage is through meticulous preparation. Your bins and other storage facilities should be cleaned thoroughly before new grain is introduced. You should also make a habit of using hydrogen phosphide products, which were designed for the fumigation and elimination of insects and pests in stored grain. By protecting your stock against pests from the get-go, you will minimise the likelihood of an infestation occurring during the season.  

Maintain Minimal Moisture Levels

In order to keep grain in good condition, and to avoid mould growth, the moisture content of grains and other produce needs to be consistently monitored. The moisture content of grains and seeds actually affects what temperatures it can be stored in. Therefore, you have to do research on what moisture level the specific grain you are storing should be, and thereafter, what temperature it should be stored at.  

Adequate Temperature Control

As mentioned above, the correct storage temperature is determined by various factors. It is crucial to be able to control the temperature of your grain in order to maintain quality. Some factors which can affect the temperature requirements of your specific produce include:

  • Region
  • Season
  • Moisture
  • Choice of storage

Grain needs to be kept cool in summer in order to prevent insect infestation and mould growth. Feed suppliers and seed suppliers in South Africa need to keep this in mind when monitoring grain and should always adapt the temperature according to the specific grain type and the climate of the area.

Monitor for Insects

Keep an eye out for any insects. Monitoring the insect activity of your grain, especially during the summer months, can help you prevent a major infestation. An infestation can quickly form out of only two or three insects in the hot seasons. In order to ensure adequate infestation prevention, get professional stored product protection and pest control services to safe-keep all stored products.

Detia Degesch specialises in the development, production and sale of pesticides for the protection of stored products for feed and seed suppliers in South Africa. These pest control experts can be found on the Agrifood directory where further necessary products and services for the agricultural industry can be discovered.

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