By: Ron DeJongh, Chief Commodity Marketing Officer
As our thoughts turn to spring planting, we remember last fall's delayed harvest including long hours and smaller crops in neighboring states. We remember a lot of 18-24% moisture corn going back home to on-farm bins.
We know corn quality is a major concern today and will only worsen as we approach warmer months with increased humidity; most importantly, we need to focus on bin safety as dangerous conditions are created by bridged and non-flowing grain.
This week is Grain Bin Safety Week (February 16-22, 2020).
Remember quality tips from Dr. Charles Hurburgh as the weather warms and cools.
10 tips to avoid grain bin entrapments:
1. Develop a “zero entry” mentality—stay out of the bin if possible
2. If you do have to check grain, don’t go alone
3. Check lockout control circuit devices on auger before entering a grain bin
4. Communicate and let others know if you’re entering the bin so augers stay off
5. Break up crusted grain with a long pole from outside the bin
6. Wear a safety harness and have someone watching
7. Run ventilation equipment to release toxic fumes prior to entry
8. Wear a dust filter or respirator
9. Install ladders inside grain bins and paint bright stripes on it for emergency exit
10. Keep children out of bins