Grain Temperature Monitoring is Critical
When grain goes out of condition, regardless of the cause, there is
always an unusual change in temperature. Excessive moisture, high
temperature, and poor grain condition (insects or damaged kernels) are
generally considered the most important factors that lead to problems
with stored grain.
Monitoring the temperature of grain (watching for
changing trends) on a regular basis gives the manager the best chance to
make a correction when a temperature change is occurring, preserving
good quality in grain. Knowing the temperature of the grain also makes
it possible for the fans to be run only when they are needed, saving
money in utilities.
One of the most common methods of sensing temperature changes in grain
has long been the utilization of thermocouple systems. Thermocouples are the
most widely used temperature sensor for many reasons.
• They are accurate, low-cost, durable, and dependable.
• The measurement is a point measurement with fairly quick
response to temperature change.
• Knowing the temperatures allows the
manager to look for a
trend of changing temperatures indicating a
problem with the stored commodity.
• In the rarity that a
single sensor becomes non-functioning in a
cable, the other sensor
points in the cable keep reading.
TSGC, Inc. is one of the largest suppliers of grain temperature
monitoring equipment in the world. Headquartered in America's Heartland,
our administration, fabricating, sales and service divisions are located
in Spirit Lake, Iowa. The team at Tri-States Grain Conditioning makes
service and high quality products our highest priorities, while
providing free quotes and tech support. We have an extensive network of
contractors representing our products and services nationwide and in
over forty countries.