Stored Grain

Grain storage mite pests

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 and […]

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 tropical […]

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:

“Pressure swing adsorption” (PSA) […]

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, clean […]

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 the region conducting […]