Aeration cooling reduces pest problems

When it comes to stored grain pest management, prevention is always better than cure — aeration cooling helps by inhibiting insect development.
Aerating stored grain has four main purposes — preventing mould, inhibiting insect development, maintaining seed viability and evening out grain moisture.
Grain aeration maintains grain quality during storage and while […]

Grain fit to eat – food safety

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 […]

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 […]

Preparing for bag storage

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 […]

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 […]