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Grain storage webinars on offer

LOCAL Land Services in New South Wales is running two free webinars this month, looking at on-farm storage options for grain.

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 A couple of grain storage webinars are being held this month for NSW growers. Image courtesy NSW LLS.

A couple of grain storage webinars are being held this month for NSW growers. Image courtesy NSW LLS.

With seasonal conditions much more favourable across large areas of NSW, many farmers are considering their grain storage and management options for their crops.

"The time is right for producers to think now about the long term and consider on-farm storage for future benefit in drier seasons," said Local Land Services Agriculture team leader, Neroli Brennan.

"Feed supplies were depleted during recent dry times and we know drought will come again one day, so it makes sense to prepare for the next one," Brennan said.

"On-farm grain storage is an option to consider, but it is not always easy to do and there can be problems such as if it gets too hot and too moist, the grain quality can be diminished," she said.

"We learnt from the last drought that properly prepared on-farm grain storage whether that be in top-of-the-line silos or pits underground, can help farmers survive the toughest of times."

The free webinars are open to all NSW producers, providing direct access to two experts on types of on-farm grain storage - temporary and permanent.

Temporary options include grain bunkers, silo bags and grain pits while permanent storage involves structures such as silos and sheds.

At the two webinars, Philip Burrill from Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Queensland will speak on topics including silo and grain hygiene, grain shed fumigation and preparation before storage.

NSW Department of Primary Industries Grains Biosecurity Officer, Bill Gordon, will advise on management during harvest to minimise risks of weeds, pests and diseases in stored grain.

Details of the webinars are:
Webinar 1: ‘Temporary storages - preparation & key practices for success' is on Wednesday 16 September 2020, 9am - 10am.
Webinar 2: ‘Silos - cone & flat bottom, plus grain sheds - key practices for success' is on Friday 18 September 2020, 9 am - 10 am.

To register for one or both events producers can go to www.lls.nsw.gov.au/grain-storage-webinars and follow the links.

People who register but cannot attend at the time will be sent a direct link to a recording of the event after it is held.

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