Publication date: August 2016 - No. 79
Format: downloadable pdf - 11 pages
Protecting grain in storage is key to preserving quality. While hygiene, monitoring and disinfestation are the best methods of achieving quality preservation in storage, silos that do not seal are difficult to control insects in. Aeration provides a substantial reduction in insect activity by cooling the grain and dramatically slowing the insect lifecycle but will not kill insects. Kondinin Group research engineer and GRDC grain storage extension specialist Ben White looks at grain protectants and what they can offer growers who don’t have access to gas-tight sealed silos.
Photos by Ben White and Chris Warrick.
- Average on-farm grain storage capacity in tonnes by type - graph
- Know your market
- East versus west
- Keeping clean
- Hygiene is key
- Cool and dry the key
- Resistance management
- Withholding periods
- Plan and keep options open
- Uniform application essential
- Training requirements
- Ppe requirements
- Future developments
- In case of infestation
- Protectants target primary pests
- Protectant product chemistry
- Proportional use of grain storage protectants and seed dressings to mitigate insect attack - graph
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