Category: Grain hygiene and structural treatments

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 […]

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 […]

GRDC GrowNotes Grain Storage

Download the GRDC GrowNote Grain Storage here A key component to storing grain on farm successfully is having the knowledge of best-practice management to avoid costly quality issues and disasters. This manual aims to provide relevant information, links to other resources and contacts to enable a base understanding of how […]

How to do Hygiene

For more information see GRDC Fact Sheet Hygiene & Structural Treatments for Grain Storage

What to do with waste grain

Cleaning grain from around storages and equipment is only half the job when undertaking grain storage hygiene. Disposing of the grain properly so it doesn’t become a breeding ground for pests is paramount. Traveling around the country, the grain storage extension team see various levels of grain storage hygiene. Many […]

Time for hygiene

Research carried out by the Queensland Post Harvest Research Team reveals that storage pests are least active during the colder months of the year. This presents the best time for grain storage hygiene as pests are removed before their breeding cycle shortens and they become mobile. Successful grain storage hygiene […]

Applying structural treatments

Structural treatments, including diatomaceous earth (DE), commonly known as Dryacide®, can be used on storages and equipment after a physical clean up of grain residues. DE products control the majority of insect species and are a non chemical alternative, reducing the risk of chemical residues. After cleaning grain storages and […]