It’s devastating to have a full bin and no way to empty it. Broken fans might be replaceable when the bin is full, but broken sweeps and augers can lead to major costs.
“I can’t count the number of times someone has called me and said I can’t get grain out of my bin,” says Gary Woodruff, conditioning application manager and territory manager for GSI.
Inspecting your bin before harvest means detecting issues before they cost you money. The University of Tennessee recommends using the “SLAM” inspection method:
- Sanitation: Ensure the bin is thoroughly cleaned of any leftover grain. Old grain can hold toxins and molds, infecting the new grain. Apply insecticide to help mitigate loss from insect infestation, as well.
- Loading: Check that loading equipment isn’t causing breakage and trash. Inspect unloading equipment now, when you can fix it.
- Aeration: Make sure fans and any sensor or automated systems are in good working condition so you can optimize grain quality from the start of the season.
- Monitoring: Make sure your systems are accurate; check for crusting and other signs of spoilage and have a plan in place should something go wrong.