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    Stored Grain Pests Identification – The Back Pocket Guide

    This identification guide provides a snapshot of common pests found in stored grain in Australia. The tolerance for live storage pests in grain sold off-farm either for the domestic, humanconsumption market or for the export market is nil. With more grain being stored on-farm growers need to identify pests early and monitor – at the […]

    Storing Oilseeds

    Storing oilseeds is more difficult than storing cereal grains as they are more susceptible to quality deterioration and have limited insect control options. The decision to store oilseeds requires a planned approach, careful management and a suitable storage system. KEY POINTS Limited chemical control options for insect pests in stored oilseeds increases the importance of […]

    Successful Grain Storage Bags

    Successful Storage in Grain Bags

    Bulk grain bags, also known as Silo Bags, can be a handy harvest storage option if used properly. A planned approach with careful management is essential. KEY POINTS Grain bags are best suited for short-term, high-volume grains to assist with harvest logistics. Site planning and preparation is the first and most important step for successful […]

    Stay Safe around Grain Storage

    The fundamental approach to grain storage safety is the same as for all other farming activities. The aim is to have a safe workplace for everyone on the farm, including workers, contractors, families, visitors and the owner/managers. KEY POINTS Safety is a three-step process — identify hazards, assess risk and address the hazard. Safe grain […]

    Vigilant Monitoring Protects Grain Assets

    When grain enters storage it needs monitoring, just as a crop does throughout the growing season. Regular monitoring means problems are detected early and can be managed before significant grain damage occurs. It also avoids surprises at out-loading, prevents costly rejections from grain buyers and maintains your reputation for supplying quality grain. KEY POINTS Regular […]

    Storing Pulses

    Storing pulses successfully requires a balance between ideal harvest and storage conditions. Harvesting at 14 per cent moisture content captures grain quality and reduces mechanical damage to the seed but requires careful management to avoid deterioration during storage. KEY POINTS Pulses stored above 12 per cent moisture content require aeration cooling to maintain quality. Meticulous […]

    Pressure testing sealable silos

    Fumigating with phosphine in unsealed silos does not kill pests at all stages of their life cycle. Repeat fumigations in unsealed silos increases resistance levels and selects for insects with a higher phosphine tolerance. Pressure testing a silo ensures it can hold gas concentrations sufficient to kill all insects at all life stages. Key Points A silo sold […]

    Cool it: aeration cooling is relatively cheap and can offer substantial benefits.

    Aeration cooling for pest control

    Grain aeration provides growers with a powerful tool to maintain grain quality during harvest and storage. Aeration cooling may not eliminate the need for chemical insect control, but it will dramatically slow insect development. Key Points Grain temperatures below 20°C significantly reduce mould and insect development. Reducing grain temperature with aeration cooling protects seed viability. […]

    Attack early: Managing grain storage pests starts before grain enters the storage with grain hygiene and structural treatments.

    Northern & Southern Regions Grain Storage Pest Control Guide

    The tolerance for live pests in grain sold off farm is nil. With growers increasing the amount of grain stored on farm, an integrated approach to pest control is crucial. KEY POINTS Effective grain hygiene and aeration cooling can overcome 75 per cent of pest problems. When fumigation is needed it must be carried out […]