The quality-oriented storage of fertilizer in the warehouse begins with clean and dry storage equipment, such as crane buckets, bobcats and conveyor belts. Keep switching the point where the fertilizer is thrown while building up the heap in order to maintain an even distribution of grain sizes. Create a storage plan!
The simplest, most cost-effective and best method for protecting bulk fertilizer against moisture is to cover it with plastic sheeting. This should be at least 0.1 mm thick and several metres wide. The sheets should overlap and be prevented from slipping. Beams, boards or sandbags have proven effective in securing sheets.
Mark the storage location with the corresponding consignment note! Big bags should be stored outside in a dry place and on pallets, and covered with white plastic sheeting. If possible, empty pallets should be placed on top of the big bags, thus ensuring adequate ventilation underneath the plastic sheeting. Avoid direct sunlight. Storage underneath a canopy is preferable.
Avoid longer-term storage in tower silos
Longer-term storage in tower silos is not to be recommended, owing to the large fluctuations in temperature and the high level of physical load.
Work in a clean, safe and dry environment
Coat concrete flooring and breeze-block walls with epoxy resin. Keep roadways dry and clean. Because of the risk of deterioration in quality, avoid mixtures of different products. Clean storage and removal equipment each time you work with a different product. Only use undamaged packaging and avoid direct contact with the ground. When storing fertilizer in sacks, if possible, do not stack pallets on top of each other. Outdoors, cover with a white tarpaulin and avoid direct sunlight.
Close openings in buildings
Fertilizers should normally be stored in a warehouse/building. To prevent moisture from entering, gates, hatches and windows should be firmly closed. Drainpipes should be located outside the building and be in perfect condition.
Correct removal from storage
It is equally important to remove fertilizers from storage without impairing its quality. Clean your removal equipment each time you work with a different product. Work with care and do not drive inside the warehouse with dirty and/or wet tyres. Inform your customers and end users about how to handle fertilizers correctly.