January 23, 2015 | The.Farmers Exchange
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Grain Bin Safety Critical with Poor Grain Quality

High moisture levels and declining quality are raising the risk of grain engulfment

Grain Bin Safety Critical with Poor Grain Quality

This year, high moisture levels and declining quality are raising the risk of grain engulfment, and grain handlers across the nation should keep safety top-of-mind, said experts at the 2015 Michigan Agri-Business Assn. winter conference.

"Maintaining best practices when it comes to storing grain and working around grain bins is always important, but this year really stands out," said Jim Byrum,president of MABA. "High moisture levels will increase grain bridging, and those working in or around grain storage facilities should take the time needed to be safe and prevent engulfment and other hazards."

Bob Marlow of The Andersons Inc. said millers, elevator operators and farmers should think of quality and safety as interconnected goals that can reduce risks—physically and financially. Marlow and other experts say the issue is especially timely as data indicates a correlation between high-yield harvests with a rise in grain entrapment incidences. To read more click here.

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