Post-Harvest Grain Management
The warm, humid climate in the southeastern United States is conducive to costly insect infestations in stored agricultural commodities. Although the southeastern states are not among the top grain producers, enough grain is produced to make a significant impact on the income of many farm operations. The southeastern poultry and baking industries are major consumers of these grains and, unfortunately, most of the supply is brought in from mid-western states. Insect infestations and aflatoxin have traditionally hurt the reputation of southeastern grains. Weight and grade losses along with costs of control account for millions of dollars of each year. Good producers and grain handlers in the southeast can and do supply high quality grains. Although the level of post-harvest management required for a good quality product is high, problems can be controlled and costs can be economically justified.