For farmers, it’s a problem that can quickly spoil the prospect of a successful year.

After planting, growing, harvesting and storing their crops, many farmers have at some point experienced the inconvenience of grain spoilage. In Canada, it has been estimated that five per cent of crops are lost to spoilage each year. Spoilage is caused by a variety of factors. Stored grain can produce additional heat and moisture unexpectedly, which can lead to problems such as mold growth and hotspot development.