Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Storage the Vital Link for Top Harvest

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Storage the Vital Link for Top Harvest

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WITH this winter crop expected to exceed 43 million tonnes, the Grains Research Development Corporation (GRDC) is keen to see those storing grain on farm maintain good quality and reduce pest infestations.

The GRDC is aiming to improve the quality of grain being delivered from farm through encouraging best practice, and says that an appropriate post-harvest management strategy is essential to preserve grain quality during storage.

Agri-science Queensland grain storage expert Philip Burrill said the four key factors for grain storage, pest control and grain quality were hygiene, aeration cooling, monitoring and correct fumigation.

Hygiene comes into play immediately after harvest. Mr Burrill said by cleaning headers and other equipment and then treating them with Dryacide straight after harvest, you limit the areas for grain pest infestations.

C[pounds sterling]This also applies to cleaning up any spilt grain or residue around your storages and disposing of it carefully, well away from silos,C[yen] he said.

By monitoring grain monthly, any insect pests or changes in quality will be picked up early enough to deal with quickly and efficiently.

C[pounds sterling]Early detection is key to reducing the loss to your harvested grain, especially if you monitor not only pests, but moisture content, temperature, quality and germination,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]The best way to monitor grain in silos is to take samples from the bottom, and if safe, also from the top.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]They seek out the most favourable places, such as the grain peak, and around any hatches. You should monitor fortnightly in summer, and monthly in winter.C[yen]

Being able to identify the most common insect pests of stored grain puts growers well ahead when it comes to making the best decisions to control the insects.

C[pounds sterling]Pop any insects that show up in the sieving process into a clean glass container to help identify them. …

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