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Save money, treat stored grain

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An agribusiness providing grain protections helps farmers prepare for the upcoming crop season.

Dannis Wharf serves as regional sales manager for Central Life Sciences. Wharf stresses the importance of pre-harvest grain bin preparation. He says farmers must first clear the bin, whether new or old, then pre-treat it for insects.

“We have a product called Diacon (IGR) Plus,” Wharf said. “It has two active ingredients in it: Centynal and Diacon. We have deltamethrin which is in Centynal. It will kill any adult insects. Methoprene which is in Diacon is an insect growth regulator and will prevent the egg from maturing to adulthood. That will last up to a year in the bin with one application.”

Wharf adds treatment is dependent on timing.

“If they are going to be moving last year’s crop before it gets warm, they probably will not have a problem with insects. However, if they are going to wait until after June or July, it is likely they are going to see some type of insect activity,” Wharf said. “There are options to treat as it is coming out of the bin. For about three-and-a-half cents per bushel, you can kill your weevil before you take it to market.”

Wharf reminds Iowa growers to keep an eye out for corn weevil in stored grain, and treat if necessary. He talks about the benefits of treating infested grain with current market prices.

“It’s going to be about five-and-a-half cents a bushel to protect it. When you sell it on the market and get docked at the elevator, it’s going to be a lot more than five-and-a-half cents per bushel. The way corn prices have been the last year, year-and-a-half, it can save you some money. It’s smart economics,” Wharf said.

To learn more about Central Life Sciences insecticide treatments, visit www.bugfreegrains.com.