Due to its northern location and cooler climate, Wisconsin tends to have fewer problems with stored grain insects than other regions of the country. However, insects present in stored grains still pose a significant threat to grading and salability. Some good news for farmers in Wisconsin is that insect-free grain that is stored properly in clean bins, should remain insect free until the following summer, if not longer. The practices listed below can help prevent insect infestations:
1. Prior to storage, thoroughly clean storage bins and transport/handling equipment
2. Maintain functional storage bins (properly sealed, functioning aeration fans, etc.)
3. Apply preventative insecticide treatments to bin and/or grain if warranted
4. Keep grain as dry and cool as possible
5. Scout to catch infestations earlyThis article was posted in Uncategorized.