Problems With Keeping Your Grain Pest- And Mold-Free? Some Solutions Taken From The Agricultural World

If your commercial bakery regularly takes in grain in order to make various kinds of bread, but the tanks holding the grain are plagued with pests and mold, you might want to take a page from a farmer's manual to fix these problems. There are some pieces of agricultural equipment that can help prevent pest infestation and mold. Your bakery will need enough space to use the following equipment, but if you have the space then this equipment will be very helpful to your bakery.  

Grain Bagger

The grain that is typically delivered to most commercial bakeries comes in bags of the twenty, thirty, forty, fifty, eighty or one-hundred pound varieties. The bags are stacked in the warehouse or holding bay before being added to the mills to grind into various flours. Unfortunately, this leaves the grain susceptible to mold and pests if it is left to sit too long. If you buy and use a grain bagger, then you can purchase tons of loose grain, bag it in pest-resistant and moisture-resistant poly-plastic grain bags that are several bushel units-heavy. You can also buy several smaller bags of grain (which are typically shipped in burlap or other materials that absorb moisture and create an environment suitable for mold) and then rebag it with the grain bagger.   

Grain Bag Unloader

After you have bagged and stored giant bags of grain in your bakery's warehouse, you may also want a grain bag unloader (from an outlet such as Neeralta Manufacturing Inc.). A grain bag unloader does not unload the bags from a platform or from the truck to the platform, but rather opens, unloads and disperses the grain into waiting bins or hoppers. Every time you need to open a bag for a specific kind of grain, the grain bag unloader suctions the grain out and deposits it into the mill's grinding hoppers. You can even control the exact amount that is deposited into the hoppers for each mill.   

Shrink Wrapper

Even though you would now have your grain bagged in enormous bags and stacked and several large pallets or platforms, you may still want to stack several of these bags on top of each other. To keep them from shifting and splitting under their own weight, you can use a shrink wrapping machine to secure the bags in place and secure them on top of each other. The shrink wrap adds another protective layer to the bagged grain by ensuring that it remains dry.