Ground Cover Supplement : GC Supplement - Grain storage
GRAIN STORAGE GROUND COVER ON-FARM STORAGE 3 ON-FARM GRAIN STORAGE is not a 'fill and forget' activity. Like every other part of the process to produce high-quality grain, storage requires management and attention to detail if grain is to leave the store with the same quality as it entered. With the deregulation of the marketing system, more growers are considering on-farm storage. This coincides with increasing resistance of grain storage insects to phosphine, the most widely used grain fumigant. To help ensure that growers are aware of grain storage best practice and its implementation, a comprehensive extension program is being delivered. This program is tailored to the three GRDC regions as there are different issues in each. At the heart of the extension program is clear, practical information based on extensive Australian research conducted over the past 20 years. The extension program consists of three elements: workshops, support material including a dedicated website and team members supporting research staff to ensure a valuable two-way flow of up-to-date information. Grain storage workshops are being run by Philip Burrill (Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation), Chris Newman (Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia) and independent consultant Peter Botta. Each presenter is keen to demonstrate that successful grain storage is about much more than just phosphine. Indeed, many insect control problems can be minimised with excellent hygiene and well-managed aeration cooling. Issues covered at the workshops include monitoring and identifying pests, key hygiene sites, aeration cooling, effective phosphine fumigation, selection of storages and practical farm storage strategies that apply an integrated approach to controlling pests and maintaining quality. The production of fact sheets, which support the information delivered at the workshops and which can be used as a standalone resource, is being managed by Chris Warrick of the Kondinin Group. The first five fact sheets deal with the most pressing issues -- pest control, identification of stored grain pests, hygiene and structural treatments, aeration cooling and pressure testing sealable, gas-tight silos. These fact sheets can be found at the new Stored Grain Information Hub website (www.storedgrain. com.au). The site has nine grain storage topic headings containing material from a range of sources. The Pests and Diseases Image Library -- PaDIL (www.padil.gov.au) -- provides access to high resolution images to help with identification. This online library is an Australian Government initiative, with support provided by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and Plant Health Australia, a non-profit public company. □ GRDC Research Code DAQ00158 More information: Peter Botta, PCB Consulting, 0417 501 890, email@example.com; Philip Burrill, DEEDI, 07 4660 3620, firstname.lastname@example.org; Chris Newman, DAFWA, 0428 934 509, email@example.com; Chris Warrick, Kondinin Group, 07 4637 9099, firstname.lastname@example.org; www.grdc.com.au/DAQ00158 A TARGETED MISSION TO IMPROVE ON-FARM STORAGE A new extension program is helping growers easily access best practice information on grain storage MANY INSECT CONTROL PROBLEMS CAN BE MINIMISED WITH EXCELLENT HYGIENE AND WELL- MANAGED AERATION COOLING. Learning how to correctly and safely store grain on farm is essential to ensure quality, insect and residue-free grain is delivered.
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