Measure grain spoilage before you see the mold.
The incredible conundrum of grain production is that even while you can’t see it, micro-organisms are at work spoiling your hard-earned efforts, creating grain spoilage and loss that’s hard to recoup. The Solvita® Fungal Spoilage Test for grain gives you the tools to change all that, by detecting mold even before it’s visible – it’s like an early warning signal for fungal activity. This revolutionary grain spoilage test measures grain respiration, a unique measurement that helps predict spoilage before it happens.
Grain storage studies have shown that testing grain respiration – the release of carbon dioxide (CO2 from incubated grain) – can accurately predict the remaining grain storage life and the grain’s susceptibility to spoilage. Solvita® combines these findings with modern technology in a reliable, simple-to-use process that you can perform quickly and economically. It can monitor and alert you to unusually high fungal spoilage. Use the Solvita® grain test to:
- Reduce the likelihood of harmful spoilage of grain
- Predict the storage life remaining at current conditions
- Detect spoilage
- Measure the extent of spoilage
- Identify where spoilage occurs so grain can be quickly used
- Evaluate the quality of on-farm grain storage
- Test with no extra lab equipment required
- Provide information to develop an effective grain management strategy.
How does the Solvita® grain test work?
- Simply collect a grain sample. (Be sure moisture content is at least 14%)
- Fill the cup to the fill line.
- Insert the Solvita® paddle and seal the container.
- Allow the container to incubate for 24 hours.
- Read the results.
At all points of the grain process – pre-harvest, harvest, storage, processing and export, the Solvita® grain test gives you valuable info on spoilage potential to help you leverage your grain for maximum value:
- Measure fungal levels in the field
- Check grain at harvest
- Test stored grain for signs of spoilage
- Determine grain suitability for export – test loaded rail cars or barges
Publications demonstrating Solvita® Grain Storage Test
|Iowa State University||2015||Physical and Chemical Properties of Whole Stillage, Thin Stillage and Syrup, Presentation at the 2015 ASABE Annual International Meeting, New Orleans, July 26-29, 2015|
|Purdue University||2015||Published Paper: The effect of storage temperature and percentage of condensed distillers solubles on the shelf-life of DWG stored aerobically, Journal of Stored Products Research, request by email|
|Woods End Laboratories||2002-2013||Research Summary; Solvita CO2 Test Kit to Detect Grain Fungal Spoilage, Woods End Laboratories, 2013.|
|Purdue University||2008-2010||Published paper; Solvita Digital Color Reader Evaluation, Journal of Cereal Chemistry, May/June 2010|
|Purdue University||2007-2008||Published paper; Calibration of Solvita test, Journal of Cereal Chemistry, Jan/Feb 2008|
|Iowa State University||2006-2007||Published paper Journal of Applied Engineering in Agriculture, Vol. 22 2006|
|Purdue University||2002-2006||NC213 Reports; Ph.D. Thesis|
|Titus Grain Inspection Service||2006-2008||Refinement of spreadsheet predictor for 0.5% dry matter loss (one grade debit) due to fungal spoilage|