JohninWV Posted September 8, 2011 Share Posted September 8, 2011 About two weeks ago, we had some organic corn come to us that was infected with lesser grain borers. Since it's almost harvest here, we were at the end of a grain bin and July and August are notorious for weevils. We brought in a few too many pallets and the bugs were only in 1-2 pallets and, unfortunately, we found out a bit too late. Pretty much over one weekend, they started to spread around the distillery. Once we found out, we quickly discarded the grain (actually, a local farmer had no problem taking it), cleaned EVERYTHING and spread food grade diatomaceous earth around our other grain, around the walls, etc. Luckily, we seemed to have stopped an infestation and haven't seen any critters since. Recent shipments from other suppliers have recently been rejected due to a grain weevil or two as well. 3-4 sources are all fighting the same issue with damp, hot weather and the end of the harvest. I just can't accept it for fear of another problem. I know that bugs must be source of problems for everyone. I thought I would post a few questions here: 1. What are you doing to make sure your grain supply is consistent and pest free? 2. We use mostly organic grain. But for those that aren't using organic grain, what do you to insure grain from your farmer isn't loaded with pesticides? Surely folks buying grain from co-ops or local farmers must have these issues, right? The cost of organic grain is getting really high and I wonder if it's worth it. But I surely don't want to be putting pesticides in my product. 3. For us, a broom, a vacuum, and a mop seem to be the most effective ways to limit our pest control, but I'm just wondering about other procedures. We aren't using any grain that has weevils or pests of any kind, but that grain has got to be going to flour mills, etc and being consumed by the general population. Seems a bit odd to me. Just looking for some personal experience and SOP to put in place for grain receipt. Thanks John Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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