Most corn and soybean growers would likely agree that the 2010 harvest was much better than in 2009 in many ways, including the quality of grain harvested. But, just because the grain quality was better doesn’t mean you can store it and forget it. Quality grain deserves quality monitoring.

“It is a wise investment to be able to monitor the temperatures of grain in storage. Grain temperature is as important as moisture in storage. More grain goes out of condition because we do not control grain temperature than for any other reason,” says Ken Hellevang, North Dakota State University Extension engineer. “Grain spoilage and insect infestations both produce heat, so monitoring temperature trends is very important.”

Here are a handful of products to help you monitor the grain you have in storage.