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Worried about mold and pests in stored seeds and grains? Just chill

May 20, 2019 at 08:11 AM CST

Brazilian-based Cool Seed is bringing its experience in chilling stored grains and seeds in grain bins and warehouses to the United States market. Cool Seed’s U.S. sales and operations manager, Eric Henlon, said Cool Seed’s post-harvest storage technology provides significant benefits in controlling insects and mold for a variety of grains and seeds—without chemicals. “Given that grains are a living product, they breathe, produce carbon dioxide, consume water, oxygen, develop heat, and therefore lose weight,” Henlon said. “Grain stored at higher, warmer temperatures produces a quantity of heat, carbon dioxide and water loss much greater than grains stored at cooler temperatures.” Henlon says post-harvest losses occurring at the drying, storage or milling stages of the crop can reach rates as high as 30 percent of the total harvested.