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Simple Tip #4:
Store Your Crop Properly

Proper storage helps to maintain crop quality and keeps the bulk free of harmful cross-contaminants.

  • Make sure your storage bins are free of treated seed and animal protein like blood meal and bone meal.
  • Clean bins thoroughly prior to storing your crop.
  • Only use approved bin treatments (e.g. diatomaceous earth on cereals).
  • Never use malathion to prepare canola for storage or to treat bins used to store canola. Its residue can linger for months, so do not store canola in a bin treated with malathion in the current growing season.
  • Condition crops to moisture and temperature levels safe for long-term storage.
  • Keep bins cool, dry, well-ventilated and check their condition regularly.

Read Practice Safe Storage to Prevent OTA in Cereals to learn more about how to reduce mycotoxin formation in stored grain.

Additional Resources

Keep Malathion Out of Canola Bins

Never use malathion to prepare canola for storage or treat bins in which you plan to store canola.

Check Your Bins! Monitor On-Farm Storage to Reduce Risk

You worked hard to bring in your crop, but factors like high-moisture seed put stored canola at higher risk.

Practice Safe Storage to Prevent OTA in Cereals

Ochratoxin A (OTA) is a potent, naturally-occurring mycotoxin that can form on stored cereal grains in high moisture conditions.

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