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Experts Warn About Grain Infestations

As farmers and elevators plan to store grain longer, USDA warns about costly threat of insects

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As farmers and elevators plan to store grain longer, experts warn about the costly threat of insects, reports the Pharos Tribune.

Mike Herd, manager of Walton Elevator Co., said that he doesn’t store grain for more than a year because of the potential to run into problems.

“We usually don’t try to keep grain for more than a year here — we try to clean everything out,” Herd told the Pharos Tribune. “I just don’t like keeping it over a year because that’s when you can run into problems.”

As part of the elevator’s overall biosecurity, Herd takes steps to create a hygienic environment for grain stored there — he says it’s key to preventing pests from sneaking into their stored grain.

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