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Pest control using integrated pest management (IPM) techniques may enable farmers to avoid the use of insecticides or fumingants. Recommended IPM techniques include sanitation, aeration and monitoring (Reed et al 1995). If these methods are not effective, the application of a grain storage protectant may be necessary. Check with your cooperative extension personnel or other licensed pesticide applicator on the correct chemical pesticides that may be used on grain. If you find borers or weevils in the grain mass, fumigation may be needed.

BMP: Use IPM techniques and augment these practices as needed with insecticides and fumigants.

Reed, C., T. Herrman, R. Higgins, and J. Harner. 1995. SAM. MF-2113, Cooperative Extension Service. Kansas State University, Manhattan.