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Grain storage and insect control

Grain insects are present on most farms in harvesting machinery, stockfeed, grain spills, and old seed. Some insects fly between farms and between storages, and others walk or are carried in handling equipment. Unless insect control measures are applied, grain quality and value is likely to be reduced.

There are no short cuts for storing grain safely. If insects are detected as grain is outloaded for sale, treatment is likely to delay the delivery by two to four weeks. Only store grain if you have planned for insect control and have the necessary equipment to do it properly.

  • Aeration

    A comprehensive page dealing with the aeration of stored grain using the cooling and drying process

  • Fumigation

    This page deals with various methods of controlling insects in stored grain including fumigation.

  • Photo gallery

    A gallery of images of stored grain inect pests such as beetles, psocids, bruchids, borers, weevils and moths

  • Mites

    A comprehensive page dealing with mite pests in stored grain

  • Psocids

    Comprehensive information about dealing with psocids (Liposcelis spp) or booklice in stored grain.

  • Bruchids

    Comprehensive grain storage information of bruchids in mungbeans and other pulses

  • Resistance image gallery

    A photo gallery of maps and figures showing the resistance to phosphine and protectant insecticides in stored grain

  • Resistance on the rise in storage insects

    A page about grain storage insects becoming resistant to fumigants.

  • Contacts and resources

    Further information on grain storage including contacts and links to other agencies and organisations

Last updated 01 April 2009