Grain stored on farm must meet quality standards when sold, such as the GTA (Grain Trade Australia) requirements. It is becoming apparent however, that increasing numbers of grain markets are looking for assurance of food safety.
The contract standards set by GTA do not specifically cover food safety, which is independently […]
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 […]
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 […]
The first step to successful grain-bag storage is buying the right bag. Testing bag quality can be easily done by pushing your thumb through the ede of the bag. Use subjective judgement to evaluate how easily the bag is punctured. Also double check the bag is specifically designed for grain […]
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 […]
Be aware of misleading marketing terminology such as ‘fumigatable silos’. Buying silos is a significant, long-term investment – take the time to make the right choice.
When compared with grain storages, silos can be a significant investment, however they offer superior insect pest and grain quality control options, flexibility in terms […]
Pressure testing a silo ensures it can maintain gas concentrations at sufficient levels to kill all insects at all life stages.
Although a silo may be sold as a “sealed silo”, this does not automatically mean it’s suitable for fumigation. Gas-tight seal status can only be proven with a pressure test.