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    Safe Storage of Sunflower Seed – Aeration Drying and Cooling

    Grain Storage Fact Sheet February 2015 Results of aeration trials supported by the Australian Oilseed Federation Oilseed Development Fund and the Australian Sunflower Association as part of the Broadleaf Cropping Alliance, a Grains Research and Development Corporation funded initiative. Sunflower growers can use aeration drying and cooling to successfully manage a range of seed moisture […]

    Grain Protectants Prevent Pests

    Grain protectants prevent pests Grain protectants are one of many management tools for preventing pests in stored grain and have a particular role in unsealed storage and seed storage. Key Points: Consider using grain protectants when gas-tight sealable storage is not available and to ensure security of planting seed. Grain protectants work best when combined […]

    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. […]