Grain storage developments on GRDC Update agenda
Author: Toni Somes | Date: 27 Nov 2018
Central Queensland grain growers have long recognised the benefits that a well-designed and managed on-farm grain storage system can deliver to their businesses.
Grain storage has been able to help with issues such as distance from markets, market access needs, harvest management logistics and to provide options for issues such as management of high moisture grain, blending, price optimisation and value adding, and provision of on-farm feed grain.
To provide on-going efficiencies though, it’s critical that growers keep abreast of grain storage research and design developments and ensure their facilities meet future throughput and marketing requirements.
Planning and managing on-farm grain handling and storage will be key issues on the agenda at the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Grains Research Updates in Emerald on December 4 and Biloela on December 5.
Grain storage designer Andrew Kotzur from Kotzur Silos will team with grain storage extension specialist and 2018 GRDC Seed of Light recipient Philip Burrill from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) to lead discussion on the latest in storage design issues and management.
“System design needs to accommodate current and future logistical needs of the property as well as attending to issues to optimise efficient operation and reliability, safe operation and structural integrity,” Mr Kotzur said.
“Does the system cater for high moisture harvest, is it compatible with available labour resources, is it simple to use in terms of inspections, sampling for insect monitoring, control, cleaning, drying and blending?
“Importantly, is it future proof? Does it include the capacity and options needed by the business for future crop expansion, changes in marketing and other issues such as minimisation of cross contamination, efficient inventory control and provision of traceability / identity preservation?”
Optimal system design must be accompanied by appropriate management if growers are to maximise the quality of stored grain and avoid infestations of hard-to-control pests this season according to DAF senior development agronomist Philip Burrill who will discuss the latest stored grains research and recommendations at the Emerald and Biloela Updates.
“As central Queensland’s climatic conditions favour storage insect pests and we continue to strive to minimise insect resistance issues, it is critical to combine system design with regular insect monitoring, hygiene, aeration cooling and correct fumigation practice for control,” Mr Burrill said.
“Part of this is the use of active recirculation of fumigant gas in sealed silos to ensure rapid and uniform fumigant distribution.”
In addition to the grain storage sessions, the Updates will include presentations by Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI) northern extension agronomist Paul McIntosh on chaff lining and tramlining problem weeds, and glyphosate resistant milk (sow) thistle; Back Paddock’s Chris Dowling on practical applications of nitrogen research; DAF senior regional research agronomist Darren Aisthorpe and Pacific Seeds’ Trevor Philp on sorghum agronomy for central Queensland; DAF senior entomologist Melina Miles on helicoverpa resistance as well as an overview of the new chickpea variety PBA Drummond by DAF’s chickpea breeder, Dr Merrill Ryan.
The Emerald Update will feature an additional presentation by Mr Aisthorpe on gross margins and the dollar return per millimetre of water within central Queensland farming systems while the Biloela Update will include a detailed presentation on the biology, management and glyphosate resistance implications of sowthistle by Paul McIntosh.
The Emerald GRDC Update will be held at the McIndoe Function Centre on Tuesday December 4 while the Biloela GRDC Update will be held at the Anzac Memorial Club on Wednesday December 5.
Registration is 8:30am and the program will conclude at approximately 3:15pm. Morning tea, lunch and proceedings are included, and the cost is $30 per person and $20 for additional attendees from the business.
Andrew Kotzur, Kotzur Silos
02 6029 4700
Toni Somes, GRDC
0436 622 645
GRDC Project code: ICN00021
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