GEAPS 525: Management of Pests in Stored Grain
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Course Description: This course provides fundamental knowledge required to prevent and manage pest infestations using practical nonchemical and chemical methods. Participants will learn about different pests associated with grain, methods and devices used in sampling, the overall value of sampling grain, preventive and responsive management techniques and proper use of grain protectant and fumigation.
Course Goals: GEAPS 525 aims to teach those involved in handling, storing and processing grains and oilseeds some basic skills. These skills will enable participants to make timely pest management decisions, while also protecting the quality of stored grain and the environment. By the end of this course, participants will be able to create and evaluate their own pest management plan.
Target Audience: Grain facility superintendents and managers; grain industry professionals with responsibilities relating to grain quality management, pest management, fumigation and protectants; students and others with a professional interest in managing pests in stored grain.
David Fairfield, Senior Vice President, Feed Services, National Grain and Feed Association | Show Bio
Matt Frye, Community IPM Extension Area Educator, Cornell University | Show Bio
Chelle Hartzer, Technical Services Manager, Rollins | Show Bio
Jerry Heath, Product Manager, Staff Entomologist, The Industrial Fumigant Company, LLC | Show Bio
James Miller, Marketing Manager, PCO with Trécé Inc. | Show Bio
Peter Mueller, President, Fumigation Service & Supply | Show Bio
Tom Phillips, Donald Wilbur Endowed Professor, Kansas State University | Show Bio
Forrest E. St. Aubin, BCE | Show Bio
Al St. Cyr, Food Safety Professional, ASC Consulting, LLC| Show Bio
Dr. Bhadriraju Subramanyam, Kansas State University | Show Bio
Hank Wentworth, District Manager, Ecolab Pest Elimination | Show Bio
The Course of Study
Lesson 1: Overview
An introduction to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and how this course will help provide you with the resources you need to create and implement an IPM plan.
Lesson 2: Identification
Identification is the first step in creating an IPM plan, if you don’t know what you are dealing with it, how can it be managed? This section will cover the basics of identification and how to tell the species apart, looking at the following:
- Primary feeders
- Secondary feeders
- Mold feeders (hairy fungus beetle, rusty grain beetle, etc.)
- Primary feeders
Each section will cover the most commonly seen insect pests in the grain industry, signs of damage, and process for identification as well basic biology (lifespan of adults, reproduction, differentiating characteristics, feeding preferences, temperature requirements, etc.).
- Basic Identification
- Basic Identification
Each section will cover the most commonly seen species in the grain industry, indications or conducive conditions related to the pest and process for identification as well basic biology.
Developer: Peter Mueller, insects; Jerry Heath vertenrates
Lesson 3: Preventive Control
Inspections are a key component in early identification of potential issues. This section will cover self-assessment and suggest the appropriate tools for a self-assessment program. Tools include: flashlight, plan on where to look, what senses to use (smell), and identification of secondary and conducive conditions caused the pests.
Developer: Chelle Hartzer
Lesson 4: Monitoring and Trapping
Monitoring is used to determine pest activity and overall progress of an IPM plan. It can also be a way to identify issues early and mitigate infestation/damage.
This section will cover the: who, what, when, where, why, and how of trapping and monitoring. Also, once the information has been collected, how to analyze and utilize it.
Developer: James Miller
Lesson 5: Sanitation
Sanitation is essential to a pest management program and can increase effectiveness of a program. This section will cover basic sanitation principles using real-world examples inside and outside of a facility, as well as best practices, including sanitation tools used by the industry.
Developer: Al St. Cyr
Lesson 6: Design and Exclusion Principles
When looking at design and exclusion principles this can include equipment, maintenance issues, equipment that has been decommissioned, as well as how to manage the design of a facility to control pests.
Developer: Matt Frye
Lesson 7: Chemical Management
Once identified, there are several ways to mitigate pests in a facility. This section will cover the chemical options. This section will cover the different categories of pesticides, formulations, and applications. It will discuss choosing the right usage for particular issues. General overview of fumigation including three main fumigants of methyl bromide, sulfuryl fluoride, phosphine plus safety measures. Chemical management of pests within grain structures and transportation containers will be described.
Developers: Hank Wentworth, fumigation; Forrest E. St. Aubin and Dr. Bhadriraju Subramanyam (Dr. Subi), grain protectants
Lesson 8: Other Management Options
This section will address some of the non-chemical and low-impact responses to pest issues including modified atmospheres, packaging, and biologically-based options.
Physical controls: aeration, extreme temperatures, effective packaging
Biologically-based controls: controlled atmospheres, pheromones, repellents, insect growth regulators
Developer: Tom Phillips
Lesson 9: Regulatory
The regulations relating to pest management in the food processing and storage industry have changed over the years. This section will cover many of those changes as well as resources on where to find the most recent applicable regulations. In addition, this section will cover FSMA, audit standards, and record keeping.
Developer: David Fairfield
Lesson 10: Closing
Tying it all together. How to use all the tools to put together a plan.