Insector is an electronic insect detection system that can become an important part of your overall Advanced Grain Management program.
One or more Insector probes are placed in each silo. Powered by the Integris system, the probes capture the insects, measure each insect and record the size and time. Temperature is also measured at three-hour intervals. From this information, we are able to determine the captured insect species and measure the number of live adult insects per kilogram of grain.
Inserted into the grain after filling, Insector is able to detect insect activity sooner and with greater accuracy than conventional methods, such as:
- Manual probing, which requires silo entry, skilled workers and is prone to highly erratic results, particularly at lower densities,
- Pit-fall traps, which require silo entry and cannot determine population densities, and
- Temperature cables, which although highly beneficial to track overall condition, as well as feedback to aeration control, are only able to detect insect activity after the damage has begun.
Insector Technology – Benefits
- An “early-warning” system to detect and correct infestations before they spread through the balance of your facility
- A decision-making tool by using the ability to track live insects per kilogram
- Establish economic thresholds to decide if and when fumigation is required
- Track the fumigation process to know if and when the job is complete
- Minimize fumigation, but when necessary, help to manage the process to avoid over-fumigation or the build-up of resistance through improper application
- An integrated component of the Integris system—know if the overall Advanced Grain Management program is indeed producing the best possible results for optimum grain quality
The Insector insertion tool is required for installation. With the power off, push the probe vertically into the grain using the insertion tool until the top of the probe is 0.3 m or 1 foot below the grain surface.
Single probes can be connected directly into the existing RTU network using INT4 (4-conductor) interconnect cable with new twist-lock connectors. A repeater is used between the probes and the RTU. Multi-probe installations are connected in a series pattern.