A Detailed Insight Into Grain Bin Monitoring

By Kenneth Patterson


The technological advancements experienced in recent times has proven to be a very vital contributing factor to the rise of production levels and quantities of grain achieved by several growers. It is worth noting that this development has contributed to the need for proper produce storage facilities installed in these very farms. This grain bin monitoring is done so as to ensure convenience and ultimate maintenance of a high shelf life of the produce gotten from the farms.

The farmers have found a need to track humidity levels and even the temperatures contained in these bin systems so as to ensure that this valuable produce is stored effectively. The main agenda of doing this is to ensure that the grain is stored in such a way that it does not deteriorate in condition.

With regards to the moisture levels it should be kept at the most suitable levels while giving due consideration to the market needs. For most produce, a moisture content level of between twenty and thirty percent is required. This is especially the case for corn. A majority of the market usually prefers the corn to be dried to levels of around 15.5% of the moisture content. This is especially for that which is being designated for human consumption.

These systems can also derive the Allowable Storage Time which is generated through a careful analysis of temperatures present in the storage containers and also the moisture content. These kinds of data can help ensure safe human and even animal consumption of the produce therein contained.

The perish-ability of grain is normally greatly influenced by the temperatures in which it is stored in. The higher temperatures are largely to blame for the deterioration of this kind of produce. This usually necessitates the need for the carrying out of aeration procedures whenever a particular temperature threshold is attained. Temperatures should always be maintained at between 0 and 5 degrees Celsius whereby 10 degrees Celsius is the maximum acceptable limit.

The temperature should be monitored on a weekly basis and all the portions in these storage containers should be comprehensively checked. One rule of thumb to achieving the most optimum temperature levels is that the monthly average of the temperatures should never be exceeded by five degrees at any given time.

The use of cleaning drums is usually promoted and strongly advised before the storage of the produce in the bins. The main reason for this practice is to reduce the chances of having some aeration holes in these storage facilities clogged. The main area of concern in the storage of grains can be summed up to ensuring proper aeration procedures are undertaken. This greatly helps control the moisture content and even temperature levels.

There has been the rise in the levels of concern for the adherence to safety precautions while making use of grain bins. It is advised that you should never do in alone and it is always advisable to never leave the power on. There should also be the installation of proper stairs so as to help reduce the cases of accidents. There have been tremendous developments in technology in the bin monitoring systems whereby self monitoring capabilities have been adopted for these systems.




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