Clean up grain storages before temperatures rise

GRAIN growers are advised to closely monitor their grain storages over the coming weeks as increasing temperatures are likely to stimulate stored grain insect pest activity.

Clean up grain storages before temperatures rise Clean up grain storages before temperatures rise Clean up grain storages before temperatures rise Clean up grain storages before temperatures rise Clean up grain storages before temperatures rise

Grain residues in storages or older grain stocks held over from last season provide ideal breeding sites for pests, says grain storage expert Chris Warrick. Picture Ben White.

Grain remaining on-farm from the previous harvest is a common breeding ground for pests, so growers are encouraged to regularly monitor stored grain and clean up any grain residues.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Grain Storage Extension Project manager, Chris Warrick, says early detection of grain pests allows them to be identified, treated appropriately and removed before they spread and become a much larger problem.

Grain remaining on-farm from the previous harvest is a common breeding ground for pests, so growers are encouraged to regularly monitor stored grain and clean up any grain residues.

"Meticulous grain hygiene combined with structural treatments, such as diatomaceous earth (DE), can play a key role in reducing the number of ...