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    Investment in on farm storage and the grain supply chain

    Source Link GRDC Author: Andrew Freeth, ‘Fairfield’ Gilgandra, Nuffield Farming Scholar Take home message Growers considering investment in On Farm Storage (OFS) should establish clear objectives, consider future needs and plan with potential expansion in mind. Long term, the growth trajectory of OFS investment will be driven by the service offering from the commercial bulk […]

    Finding storage pests early

    Source Link GRDC Author: Greg Daglish, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Take home message A pilot study in southern Queensland demonstrated that combining the use of probe traps in the top of a silo with sieving a grain sample from the bottom was an effective insect detection method. Probe traps inserted into the grain […]

    Killing storage pests without mercy

    Source link GRDC Author: Andrew Ridley, Philip Burrill and Pat Collins, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Take home message Results of trial fumigations conducted in 1,400 t silos to test the capability of these large storages have led the following conclusions: Recirculation greatly facilitates the distribution of gas in large silos Fumigation in large […]

    Super cool aeration results

    Source Link GRDC Author: Philip Burrill, DAF Qld. Take home message Seek advice to ensure the right size aeration fans and associated equipment are fitted – ducting, roof vents and fan controller.  Not all silo suppliers get it right. Recommended aeration cooling airflow rates are 2 to 4 litres of air per second, per tonne […]

    Diagnosing pest using digital microscopes

    Its not always easy to tell the difference between types of damaging stored grain pests. Mark Stanaway from the Queensland University of Technology can show you how using cheap digital microscopes in these two videos – on Cryptolestes (grain beetles) and Sitophilus (grain weevils) For assistance identifying storage pests, or confirmation of an identification contact […]