Frequently Asked Questions about Protect-ItŪ
The wheat harvest is about to start and callers
are asking questions about Protect-It®. The
following are the most frequently asked
Can Protect-It® be applied to other grains
Yes, Protect-It® is now registered for use on most
grains and seeds.
Does Protect-It® affect seed germination?
No. Protect-It® was tested on malting barley by the
Agriculture and AgriFood Canada, Cereal Research
Centre, in Winnipeg and on wheat seed by
Gustafson in Texas. Protect-It® did not affect seed
germination in either test.
Can grain treated with Protect-It® be fed to
Yes, treated grain can be fed to livestock. Protect-It®
is not considered hazardous when ingested. In fact,
feeding tests conducted at the University of Guelph
caused significant weight gain in pigs when added to
their rations at 4% by weight.
Do I treat all of the grain or can I treat just some
Treating all of the grain is the best way; however as
a minimum application treat the top 3 feet of the
grain mass at a higher rate. Most insects enter into
the grain from the top of the bin and they tend to livein the top centre where there is more heat and
moisture. Make sure there are no live insects in the
bin before it is loaded. Treat the empty bin with
Protect-It® 1-2 weeks before loading. For bins taller
than 30 feet, adding 3 feet of Protect-It® to the
bottom layer offers extra protection.
Why is there silica gel in Protect-It®?
The silica gel in Protect-It® substantially increases
the performance of Protect-It® compared to
diatomaceous earth alone. It is absorbent and
prevents clumping of the diatomaceous earth.
Can I use the aeration fan to apply Protect-It®?
The aeration fan can be used to apply Protect-It® to
the empty bin, not to the grain. When the bin is full
putting some Protect-It® into the running fan may
help coat the bottom of the grain mass, offering
some protection as well as controlling insects under
the plenum or in the aeration ducts.
Can Protect-It® be used instead of fumigation to
kill insects in grain that is already infested?
For infested grain, fumigation or freezing the grain is
the best choice, but Protect-It® can work when given
enough time. Apply Protect-It® evenly to all the
infested grain. Under ideal conditions (grain
temperature greater than 20ºC and less than 14%
moisture content) rusty grain beetles should be
controlled when Protect-It® is applied at the rates
specified on the label.
Bug Season has started for the year.
Make sure you have some Protect-It® onhand.
To order, contact your supply
depot or call us toll-free.