Arable farmers have been given extra time to empty temporary grain stores after the Red Tractor assurance scheme extended the deadline for certain types of grain until mid-November.
Growers will be able to store grain destined for animal feed, export and non-food uses in a temporary store until Friday 15 November 2019, following a decision by the Red Tractor combinable crops and sugar beet board.
Grain destined for human feed use in temporary stores must have already been moved, as the deadline was 31 October 2019 unless a derogation has been received.
Red Tractor said it was granting the extension as a consequence of delays caused by Brexit and the knock-on effect on heavy goods vehicle availability, making the management of grain logistics extremely difficult.
Any temporary storage derogations required after 31 October 2019 for human food use – and 15 November 2019 for all other uses – would continue to be handled on a case-by-case basis.
Growers are reminded that any farmer using temporary storage for grain must adhere to protocols set out in the AHDB Grain Storage Guide – especially on grain moisture and temperature.
Farmers must also follow the standards set out in Red Tractor’s Combinable Crops and Sugar Beet Standards guide [PDF].