Keep these tips in mind when protecting your grain this winter

With winter in full effect, grain farmers should be checking on their storage bins.

Extension experts say that odor is the first sign of a problem, saying musty or sour smells indicate mold.
Even if there are no signs of a problem, he recommends producers check on the grain every couple of weeks.

While the main goal is to protect the crop inside, the most important aspect is safety. A few safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Have someone come along with you so they can call for help if a disaster happens.
  • Use a lock-out tag-out system while in a bin so equipment does not accidentally turn on.
  • If there are signs of spoiled grain, use even more caution because spoiled grain does not flow as easily out of the bin.

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