Stored Grain

Monitor to avoid surprises

Monitoring is the only sure way to avoid last-minute surprises when out-loading grain from storage. The aim is to preclude finding live insects or damaged grain at out-loading when it’s too late to manage it. Checking grain monthly during winter and fortnightly during the warmer months enables any issues to be […]

Grain storage mite pests

Introduction Mites are common pests in grain storages and mostly occur in damp or moist grain, residues, oilseeds and animal feeds. They are not readily seen because they are the size of specks of dust. Mites are not insects (which have six legs) but are related to ticks and spiders […]

Cool-season clean-up puts stop to phosphine-resistant-pest cycle

Implementing a thorough winter cleaning program around grain storage sites could prevent spring-to-summer incursions of phosphine-resistance grain storage pests, such as the rusty grain beetle (Cryptolestes ferrugineus) according to a two-year trapping study funded by the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre. The rusty grain beetle has a range extending from […]

Nitrogen – notes for use in stored grain

Equipment requirements: Requires a gas-tight sealed silo – meeting Australian standard AS2628 being a five minute half-life pressure-test. Nitrogen generators are required to produce 99% concentration N gas from the ambient air which is: 78% N, 21% O₂, 0.9% Ar, 0.04% C0₂ and water vapour. Nitrogen generation units, two designs: […]

Good advice to growers: don’t accept bad advice on stored grain

Australia’s grain growers are playing a vital role in safeguarding the nation’s access to global grain markets worth more than $12 billion. By using only registered treatments for grain and on-farm storages and adhering to label directions and rates, growers are protecting Australia’s reputation as a supplier of high quality, […]

Protecting grain and Australia’s reputation

Australia’s reputation as a supplier of high quality, clean grain can quickly be destroyed if unregistered or off label chemicals are used in grain or grain storages. Products used for structural treatments must be registered for that purpose and accepted by the intended grain buyer. Do not use any product […]

Meet your experts

Philip Burrill Development Agronomist Philip Burrill continues as the key contact for the northern region. Philip conducts workshops and acts as a conduit to ensure research outcomes are passed from the testing laboratories to the growers in the field. Peter Botta Based in the south, private consultant Peter Botta travels […]

Guide to buying silos

The decision of which silo to buy can be daunting, mainly because it’s a 20+ year investment and not a purchase that is easily returned or traded-in if it proves unsuitable. Consider the storage requirements for the next 20 years — not just the next season. For reliable insect control […]