Protecting Lung Health Around Moldy Grain, Hay & Other Products

Dusty conditions are common on farms when working with grain, hay, silage and other products. Recent wet conditions from excess rain and flooding often makes these issues worse especially as products begin to grow mold and deteriorate. In addition, even during normal times, in the fall, Wisconsin producers work feverishly to get crops harvested before the snow flies find themselves exposed to a variety of dusts. Breathing farm dusts can affect your comfort and is a health concern for all in the industry. You can be exposed:

  • When handling, processing or feeding hay and other products
  • During harvest operations such as chopping, baling or running a grain combine
  • Unloading (bins, trucks, wagons, etc.)
  • During drying and processing
  • In bins (filling, emptying and cleanout)
  • Grinding and mixing hay, silage, grain and other feed products

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