Bug Scout 1982
Start Grain Storage With a Clean Sweep
(Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University)
Don't let me catch you with my vacuum cleaner in that grain bin again!
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September 4, 1982

It's time to think about storing the record corn and soybean crops of 1982.  Many things can cause grain to go out of condition in storage, including insects.

Remember that it requires both physical and chemical control for an effective program for management of stored grain insects.

The most common source of insect infestation is old grain.  The old grain can be left not only in bins, but also truck beds, combines, augers, or dump pits.  These sites should be located before harvest.  Cleaning can be accomplished with a broom.  Shovels, vacuum cleaners, and high-pressure hoses are also helpful.  Don't forget to clean both the inside and outside of storage areas.

Another precaution is to destroy or feed to livestock the first few bushels of grain going through the combine.

Once the bins are clean, spray them with an approved insecticide at least two weeks prior to grain storage.  This year give insects the clean sweep to assure that good quality grain comes out of storage.

by Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University

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