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Storing oilseeds is more difficult than storing cereal grains as they are more susceptible to quality deterioration and have limited insect control options... The decision to store oilseeds requires a planned approach, careful management and a suitable storage system... Moisture content in oilseeds must be lower than cereal grains because the oil content increases the risk of moulding and quality damage...
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Aeration of stored grain has four main purposes - preventing mould, inhibiting insect development, maintaining seed viability and reducing grain moisture... Without circulation, the air surrounding the grain will reach a moisture (relative humidity) and temperature equilibrium within a few days... Aeration drying using large volumes of air can force a drying front through the grain in storage and slowly remove moisture...
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The capacity of grain bags varies with bag size, which generally ranges from 40 to 90 metres long, and anywhere from 100 to 300 tonnes depending on the type of grain and how much the bag is stretched during filling... Storing grain at higher moisture content in bags not only compromises grain quality but increases the risk of grain swelling and splitting the bag... Take the bait:Reduce mice numbers by setting up bait stations along the grain bags and keep an eye on creases in the bag as mice tend to attack there first...
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Harvest logistics, access to receival sites, increasing on-farm use of grain and marketing opportunities are changing the way grain is handled and stored... The growth of intensive livestock industries offers growers opportunities to store and market their grain directly to end-users... Growers need to understand that the grain they store will eventually end up in some way in the food chain, either for milling purposes, malting or as a feed source for animals...
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On-farm storage - do the sums first.. "There are examples of growers investing in on-farm grain storage and paying for it in one or two years because they 'struck the market' at the right time," says Chris Warrick, consultant with ProAdvice Pty Ltd... An example of an opportunity cost is the cost of having the physical grain in storage compared with having the money in the bank earning interest, or avoiding paying overdraft interest...
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Growing profit with cost effective grain storage.. While the lure of potentially higher grain prices may be attractive, growers are being encouraged to undertake a cost-benefit analysis of on-farm storage versus bulk handler storage before making a final decision... To make a sound financial decision, Mr Warrick said growers needed to compare the expected returns from grain storage versus expected returns from other farm business investments such as more land, a chaser bin, a wider boomspray, another truck or paying off debt...
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Although we presume there are no insects in grain when being loaded into storage, we generally treat the grain using protectants, or fumigate in gas-tight sealed storage... Fumigating the grain kills any insects present and the aeration maintains grain quality... Always use a mixture of an organophosphate (for example, Fenitrithion , Actellic or Reldan ) with Methoprene (for example, IGR and Diacon ,) either by mixing them together or bought as a 'twin pack' such as Reldan Plus , to protect grain during storage...
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Agri-Science Queensland grain storage specialist Philip Burrill says for grain storage, three key factors provide significant gains for both grain storage pest control and grain quality - hygiene, aeration cooling and correct fumigation. ".. By ensuring that machinery and equipment used to handle grain, including headers, augers, field bins, truck bins, silos and other storages are clean to prevent insect pest contamination of newly harvested grain you have a huge head start. ".. In regards to applying protectant insecticides to grain, a number of grain buyers are now requiring that grain and grain products have nil chemical residues, so you should always check with potential buyers and handlers before you treat with commercially available products such as Fenitrothion, Reldan, and IGR. "Do not use any of these chemical insecticides when storing oilseeds or pulses...
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norTHErn And souTHErn rEgIons Attention to detail needed for successful grain storage The tolerance for live storage pests in grain sold off-farm is nil... With more grain being stored on-farm, growers can obtain best results by using a planned, integrated approach to pest control... For reliable results use an automatic controller to run fans...
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Harvest at our place is very relaxed and we have more flexibility which allows us more time to make better decisions on where and when to sell our grain... The complex has significantly reduced the need for infield storage bins and chaser bins, as the trucks don't have to stop when the depot closes, you can buy a 2nd hand trailer for about the same money as 2nd hand chaser bin, and just put more headers in the pdk ( and you can use the trailer for more things)... The last sorghum harvest in March/April, we were getting showers of rain of 1-3 mm every couple of days, and by being able to dry the grain, I estimate compared to neighbours that this saved us about 2 weeks of waiting around...
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