Agriculture - Dust Collection
Environmental Filter | May 6th, 2021
Dust collection is used in a variety of different industries including agriculture. The agricultural industry is responsible for producing food and raw materials (sugar, cotton, textiles, etc.) Without it, what would we eat or even wear for that matter? (Our clothes are made of cotton). Like any other industrial application, dust is generated through processes used in agricultural. Let us explore how dust collection plays a role in creating a cleaner working environment that is better for the industry and their products.
The Agricultural Industry
Agriculture has been around for quite a long time. Thousands of years actually. The earliest form of agriculture is believed to have occurred as early as 12,000 years ago. Hunter-gatherers began planting seeds and breeding animals to transition into a period of farming. As a result, more varieties of crops and animals became domesticated. One region in the Middle East, where these hunter-gatherer societies were known to live, was one of the first places to use agriculture. It is known as the Fertile Crescent and includes parts of modern-day Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Jordan, and Mesopotamia. One significant agricultural site was found near the Euphrates River. Evidence found shows the harvest of grains in which “several large stones for grinding grain were found at the site.”  Different grains were beginning harvested all over the world including corn in Central America, and rice in China.
The agricultural industry really blossomed once technological advancements were made. Industrial agriculture is a big production with large machinery and equipment in order to handle and process agricultural ingredients (hay, seeds, grain, etc.) The industrial revolution gave way to new inventions and techniques in the process of farming. The plow and seed drill for example, developed in the 18th century, were some inventions that improved farming.
How Dust Collection is Involved
With an industry worth over $1 trillion in the United States, it is important that dust collection plays a role in helping this industry out. Like other applications, agricultural applications produce harmful dust and particulate. This particulate can come from many different sources including pollen, grain, cotton, soil, barn dust, and more. Agriculture is a very diverse industry with ‘”respiratory hazards occurring from organic and inorganic dusts, chemicals, gases, and infectious agents.”  Dust collectors are used to collect this dust in order to create a cleaner environment for all involved. Without it, unfortunate scenarios would occur for agricultural facilities and applications. For example, without dust control this would lead to unsafe facilities. Dust accumulation can also lead to deadly explosions especially with grain dust.
Grain handling facilities definitely have to take extra precautions to reduce grain dust since it is combustible. Inhalation of grain dust can also cause many health problems including respiratory disease and eye/skin irritation.
Helping Animals / Improving Facilities
Poor air quality can impact not only workers involved but can interfere with safety guidelines of the entire facility. And in today’s industry, many have been critical with some the processes used in agricultural applications. The majority of the criticism comes from treatment of animals such as livestock, chickens, pigs, etc. With such a large capacity of animals, there is a possibility for widespread infection. By reducing amounts of dust and other pollutants, this will improve the health of the animals and reduce infection risks. For example, if certain molds and viruses circulate through a livestock facility, animals would get sick. Having proper ventilation and air pollution control creates a breathable space not only for humans, but animals as well.
The Future of the Industry
As technology has evolved, advancements in the industry have been made. Things like genetic modification, plant sequencing, and even the use of GPS technology just to name of few have made the industry much more efficient. Other technologies that see potential include 3D printing, further genetic modification, artificial intelligence, and drone technology. There is a potential of drone usage for “crop monitoring, spraying, and soil and field analysis.”  Sustainable packaging is also being developed. Many companies are working on developing this to reduce waste.
At Environmental Filter, we manufacture dust collector cartridge filters for many different applications including agriculture. We can also custom build filters specifically tailored to your collector, application, or dust type. It cannot be stressed enough how vital and important the agricultural industry is and we want to make sure you get the most efficient filters at a price you can afford.