Grain Operations

Responding to out-of-condition grain
Benefits of a quality management system can’t be realized if employees make poor decisions
Mycotoxin management
Several strategies can help limit contamination of grain from field to storage
Handling issues in modified DDGS
Bulk transportation of the feedstuff is challenging due to caking, flow problems
Avoiding grain entrapment
Focus shifts to fall prevention, grain bin modifications
Grain drying
Several dryer types, systems are available to meet a facility’s needs
Stored grain compaction factor
Accurate factors are necessary because volume measurements will not give an exact measure of grain

Managing temporary grain piles
Having a properly designed aeration system and maintaining the integrity of the cover are essential
Dust control, prevention
Best practices management helps eliminate safety, health concerns associated with excessive dust at grain elevators
Rail safety and training
Informing employees, staying current on regulations are essential to staying safe around rail cars

Innovative conveying solutions
Systems from other industries can be applied to grain handling with much success
Innovative conveying solutions
Systems from other industries can be applied to grain handling with much success
Maximizing returns
Successfully managing the grain handling process from receiving to shipping will increase profit margin
Future challenges for the grain industry
Speaker at GEAPS Exchange identifies five issues that will have a major impact in the coming years

Building a strong foundation
Without a solid base, bins are at risk for damage or failure
Explosive issue
Grain dust and ignition sources must be controlled to prevent grain dust explosions
More than just a protective cover
Bin roofs not only protect grain from damage, they also help keep the structure intact
Aeration strategies
There are many different ways to use air movement to maintain grain quality
Preventing grain entrapment
With injuries, fatalities trending upward, industry looks to educate grain workers on safety, prevention
Early spoilage detection
Carbon dioxide monitoring of grain has the potential to save both money and lives
Grain dryer maintenance
Specific tasks must be performed during different times of the year
Preventing grain bin failures
Improper loading and unloading, improper construction, and loss of structural integrity due to rust are the main obstacles to prevention
Bin construction in seismic zones
Owners/operators in seismically active areas should account for earthquakes when constructing their grain facilities
Getting on the same page
Improving communications between operations and merchandising personnel brings positive results to grain companies
Grain dust explosions
Creating an effective safety and health management system is the key to preventing these often deadly incidents
Calculating shrink
Financial impact can be devastating for grain facilities that do not effectively manage inventory reduction
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