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Keep an eye on grain stores ahead of harvest

June 4, 2019 by  
Filed under Crops

Monitoring grain stores after cleaning should be a priority ahead of harvest – with a special focus on preventing pest infestations, say experts.

With increasing industry focus on Integrated Pest Management and harvest just around the corner, growers should pay particular attention to ongoing hygiene maintenance, explains Ken Black, national account manager for Bayer’s pest solutions team.

An integrated approach to grain store management is vital to protect crop quality and any premiums, said Mr Black. “After the initial clean down, it’s important stores are closely monitored for insect and rodent activity,” he added.

The Bayer team will be on hand to offer store management advice to farmers and contractors attending this month’s Cereals event. The two-day show takes place on 12-13 June at Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire.

Early treatment

“Simple methods can be undertaken to ensure early pest identification, allowing early treatment and control,” said Mr Black.

“To monitor for insects, observe the area on a regular basis, paying particular attention to cracks and crevices,” he added. “Use insect monitoring traps around the store to capture insects and highlight areas of activity.”

When it comes to rodent monitoring, store managers should look for droppings, footprints, gnawing and access points. They should also consider using a non-toxic monitoring block in areas where activity is identified or suspected.

If pest activity is identified, then a decision needs to be made on the best options for control. If rodents are an issue, then guidelines issued by the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use should be followed before, during and following treatment.

Optimum control

“To manage insect infestations, treat walls, floors and roof spaces with K-Obiol – paying particular attention to ledges, corners and areas where dust and debris accumulate,” said Mr Black. “Ideally treating two months ahead of harvest will give optimum control.”

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