Seven Mistakes To Avoid Regarding Hopper Bin Grain Storage

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Hopper bins are perfect for storing grain long-term. However, you need to take some precautions when storing grain to ensure that grain stays in good condition over time.

The following are seven mistakes to avoid regarding hopper bin grain storage. 

Failing to adequately clean bins beforehand

The number one step to quality grain storage in hopper bins is to make sure that bins are clean enough before they are filled with grain.  Any leftover grain from previous fillings needs to be completely removed. 

If any indication of insect life is found in bins, bins need to be fumigated. Fumigation must take place several weeks before hopper bins are used for grain storage to prevent pesticide contamination.

Not making sure grain is insect-free before placement in bins

Grain needs to be carefully inspected for the presence of insects before it is put into storage. Any indication of insect infestation means that grain is not likely to store well. Only high-quality grain that is free of insects should be put in hopper bin storage.  

Mixing old and new grain

It's important to store grain harvested from a specific time in a particular hopper bin. Mixing grain that has just been harvested with grain that is already in storage can lead to problems. You need to keep track of how long grain has been in storage, and mixing old and new grain makes this impossible. 

Not making sure grain is level in the hopper bin

If there is a peak on the top of your grain while it's in a hopper bin, this can lead to airflow resistance issues. The best way to store grain is by leveling it on top to make sure that the top layer is flat. This will make grain easier to cool and monitor. 

Neglecting to aerate grain

Grain needs to be aerated in order to be kept at a low enough temperature. You can aerate grain by using a grain spreader. With your grain spreader, you will need to either achieve even distribution of fines or use repetitive coring to dispense fines outward from the center. 

Ignoring grain temperature

You need to be constantly aware of the temperature at which your grain is stored. Ideally, your facility should have a grain temperature monitoring system. In particular, you need to make sure that the grain is staying cool enough during the summer months. 

Neglecting periodic inspections of stored grain

It's never a good idea to put grain in storage in hopper bins and then completely ignore it. Stored grain should be inspected once in a while to make sure that it is not spoiling or becoming infested by insects.

For more information on grain storage in hopper bins, contact a company that supplies grain storage products.

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