Planning and developing of aeration systems
Planning and developing of Aeration systems: At present, forced aeration of grain is one of the most effective non-chemical methods in use for control of stored grain conditions, biological activity, and grain quality losses. Air temperature and humidity are regulating factors in the survival, development, and reproduction of all living organisms of the storage ecosystem, (including microflora, insects, and mites). Air characteristics suitable for aeration, should be selected that will prevent or suppress the development of damaging organisms. Automatic aeration system controllers are one of the most cost effective tools available to grain managers. The benefits of using computer-based monitoring and control systems that integrate grain temperature monitoring with aeration control that are suitable for major grain terminals and storage facilities needs further exploration. Historical weather data can be used to help predict cooling patterns in different geographical regions can be integrated with insect population models to show how aeration can help limit insect pest populations. These predictive models are useful tools for demonstrating the impact of aeration on insect pest populations in grain and in commercial silos, and how aeration can be integrated with other control options.