Monitoring your in store combinable crops for temp,m/c and bugs?

MX7

Member
Location
cotswolds
After you have put your combinable crops in store how often do you check them for temp,m/c and unwanted bugs?
Are there “reliable” probes that can be inserted into the the grain,etc at intervals across the grain store,which are left in the grain etc, and then either by cable or wireless send out the temp and m/c(moisture content) of the grain etc, to a laptop, or mobile phone.
Unfortunately one would still have to phyphysically check traps for bugs.
When I was farming it was a tedious job but one that needed to be done at least once a month. No point in going to all the cost and work of growing a crop, then forgetting about it once in store,only to find m/c has gone up leading to big infestation,when lorry load of sold grain arrives at its destination. :banghead:
 

B R C

Member
Arable Farmer
I can categorically tell you that everyone who is crop assured is checking every week until temperature has stabilised then at slightly longer intervals…..😀
Actually checked mine yesterday and mostly between 16 and 20 so a little way to go as I like to get it as cold as possible using pedestals. Not too bad as I only cool to sub 30 off mobile dryer
 
Location
North Notts
never check for moisture once its in the shed, will check front of heap when its going out to make sure no one is having my leg up. this time of year im moving fans checking temp 2 or 3 time a week. struggling to get the temp down this year but a few cold nights will sort it.

I have 10 pedestals in a 1600 t shed and 2 fans, wheat is 4m deep. how many pedestals per tonne is the norm ?
 

Flat 10

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Fen Edge
Nothing matters except the reading on the mill intake for moisture which is fine by me so ensuring the grain isn’t infested should be left to my judgement, the weekly temps are nobody’s business. RT don’t get that it’s in my interest to look after grain anyway and I care about it way more than them. Same as the rodent control. And guess what none of the foreign grain goes through this charade 🤦‍♂️😡😡😡😡
 
This is my first year with using pedestals and fans. Never had anything before but grain was only stored 2.4m deep max in old shed and never had any significant deductions in 30 years of selling grain. We've put up a new store now and felt that as we were going deeper fill pedestals and fans were the way to go. I've currently got 9 pedestals and 3 Evolution fans. Reading started off at 20c but came down fairly quickly.

How often do you move the fans if you've got more pedestals than fans?
 

farmerfred86

Member
BASIS
Location
Suffolk
I use Robydome systems on 10kt of storage. Its very good and just what i wanted from a system that does nearly everything but still requires me to visit monthly over winter just to check all is as it should be.
All wireless now which is essential for vermin issues.
 

Flat 10

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Fen Edge
I use Robydome systems on 10kt of storage. Its very good and just what i wanted from a system that does nearly everything but still requires me to visit monthly over winter just to check all is as it should be.
All wireless now which is essential for vermin issues.
Sounds very sensible but it’s clearly impossible for you to have vermin in the store eating wires 🙄
 
This is my first year with using pedestals and fans. Never had anything before but grain was only stored 2.4m deep max in old shed and never had any significant deductions in 30 years of selling grain. We've put up a new store now and felt that as we were going deeper fill pedestals and fans were the way to go. I've currently got 9 pedestals and 3 Evolution fans. Reading started off at 20c but came down fairly quickly.

How often do you move the fans if you've got more pedestals than fans?
When the temperature of the grain is at the ambient night time air temp
some years the grain is 30 c at intake
 

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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