On 20-21st March 2017 29 people attended On-Farm Grain Storage and Handling workshops in the regions of Stony Crossing and Dhuragoon, NSW.
These workshops were hosted participants' farms so that presenter, Peter Botta, could demonstrate the effectiveness and use of different grain storage systems and equipment.
Peter allowed an interactive format for the day, encouraging participants to drive the content of his talk. Producers were able to discuss their storage experiences and weigh up the pros and cons of each grain storage system.
Peter covered topics such as:
Peter's key point was that “with more than 80% of the Australian grain treated with phosphine gas, the nation’s grains industry is highly reliant on the effectiveness of this fumigant. It is therefore critically important that growers implement best practice when storing grain.” His recommendation for best practice management was to only fumigate in pressure sealed silos and utilise dryacide as a preventative treatment to reduce risk developing of insect resistance to phosphine gas.
Dion Costigan (Link Brokering) also presented on the latest in grain protein and moisture testers. He showcased 2 products which were commercially available to farmers. The first was a grain protein indicator, which can assist in decision making and product consistency by allowing grain of similar characteristics to be stored together, potentially increasing overall commodity value. The second product was a grain moisture indicator to ascertain whether the sample is appropriate for storage conditions. Grain which is too high in moisture can release heat and create a humid environment in a silo, encouraging pest infestation and other grain issues such as mould.