22 November 2001
Grain 2001: HGCA exposes store follies

By FARMERS WEEKLY staff

GROWERS still have misconceptions about when it is possible to dry and how to control pests, says the Home-Grown Cereals Authoritys Graham Jellis.

A tenth of the 2000 grain harvest was rejected, mainly for moulds, mites, insects or mycotoxins, he says, and these can be avoided.

A common misconception is that when it is too damp to dry washing it is too damp to dry grain, he notes.

Among other mistaken beliefs the HGCA is keen to correct are that structural treatment will control residual pest infestations.

“Cooling costs a lot, so just aim to cool to around 15C” and “Spoiling and pests are easily spotted” are also “all wrong says Prof Ellis.

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