Grains Research and Development

Ground Cover Issue 119 - Grain storage

Ground Cover Supplement Issue 119

Grain storage has moved beyond a ‘feed and seed’ role on many farms as growers take advantage of the opportunity to store, segregate or blend their grain to capitalise on market opportunities.

Whatever the reason for storing grain on-farm – storing for own use, managing harvest logistics or capturing premiums – and regardless of whether it is for stockfeed, seed or human consumption, the implications of grain storage management can affect the whole industry.

In response to the increase in on-farm storage following the deregulation of grain marketing, the GRDC invests in research to equip growers with practical information to maintain grain quality and market access.

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  • Extension tailored for regional challenges

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    National Map of Australia

    Article Date
    02.11.2015
    Region
    North, South, West

    The GRDC National Grain Storage Extension Project regional team delivered more than 345 workshops nationally since 2013, during the 2012–15 phase of the project. Workshop presenters Philip Burrill, Peter Botta and Ben White share their observations about the challenges and opportunities of grain storage in each region.

  • GRDC National grain storage extension project

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    Grain icons

    Article Date
    02.11.2015
    Region
    National, West

    The GRDC Grain Storage Extension Project has developed an information hub for growers, advisers and storage manufacturers at www.storedgrain.com.au. This site provides grain storage workshop details, best-practice guides and downloadable resources on a range of grain storage activities.

  • Search continues for phosphine alternatives

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    Innovation Investments (lightbulb with a plant growing inside it)

    Article Date
    02.11.2015
    Region
    National, North, Overseas, South
    Author(s)
    Catherine Norwood

    It seems unlikely there will be a single solution to replace the highly effective phosphine. Rather, a suite of alternatives will be required, applied with tactical precision to extend the life of phosphine and maintain Australia’s export commitment of nil live insects in grain shipments.

  • DE products put to the test

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    Photo of a lesser grain borer

    Article Date
    02.11.2015
    Region
    North, Overseas
    Author(s)
    Philip Burrill and Andrew Ridley

    Prevention rather than cure is always the best approach when it comes to grain storage hygiene

  • Reduced pest burden slows resistance

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    Photo of a duo collectin grain samples and checking silo insect traps

    Article Date
    02.11.2015
    Region
    West
    Author(s)
    Catherine Norwood

    Growers in Western Australia are driving research to improve biosecurity and grain quality

  • It's all in the seal

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    Photo of Doug Clarke, Lake Grace, WA

    Article Date
    02.11.2015
    Region
    West
    Author(s)
    Gio Braidotti

    Replacing oxygen in grain storage silos with nitrogen has proven an effective way to remove insects at all stages of their life cycle, leaving stored grain – be it wheat or canola – preserved, residue-free and subject to no withholding periods.

  • Travelling insects help resistance spread

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    Graphic showing national distribution of two rusty grain beetle genotypes

    Article Date
    02.11.2015
    Region
    National, North, South, West
    Author(s)
    Catherine Norwood

    The development of phosphine resistance in stored-grain insects has, for the most part, been blamed on imperfect fumigation practices that allow survivors or carriers of resistance genes to survive and reproduce.

  • Solar-powered aeration cooling shows promise

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    Photo of a solar power source trailer

    Article Date
    02.11.2015
    Region
    West
    Author(s)
    Nicole Baxter

    Independent engineers and grain storage specialists have demonstrated that the sun’s energy can be harnessed to keep silos that are located away from a mains power supply cool and insect-free.

  • Oxygen starvation trial

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    Photo of James Newman (Murdoch University), David Eagling (Plant Biosecurity CRC), Sheila Charlesworth (Mingenew-Irwin Group) and YongLin Ren (Murdoch Univsity) with a membrane separation nitrogen generator

    Article Date
    02.11.2015
    Region
    National, West
    Author(s)
    Rebecca Jennings

    WA growers will put controlled-atmosphere technology through its paces this harvest, as part of research into chemical-free alternatives for stored-grain insect control

  • Science backs growers in smarter storage trend

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    Photo of attendees at a storage workshop

    Article Date
    02.11.2015
    Region
    National
    Author(s)
    Rebecca Jennings

    For the past three years, a GRDC project has delivered tips and tools to more than 8000 growers across Australia to ensure on-farm storage is not a ‘fill and forget’ activity