Safe storage guidelines

As the temperature and moisture of grains and oilseeds rise so does the risk of spoilage.

Developed by Agriculture Canada’s Cereal Research Centre in Winnipeg, these charts assist producers in safely storing their crops.

Producers should know the temperature and moisture content of their commodities as they are stored. If that co-ordinated point falls inside the no spoilage zone of the graphs, then it should be safe for five to six months. If the stored product falls into the centre area between the two zones, there is a risk of problems and the crop should be monitored. Inside the spoilage zone the crop should be aerated or turned and cooled to safe levels.

The addition of monitoring cables and aeration further reduces the risk of loss due to spoilage and insect damage.

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