Field days on grain storage and marketing

28 Jul, 2009 02:24 PM
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The Department of Agriculture and Food, Plant Health Australia and the Grains Industry Association of WA (GIWA) will be hosting two grain storage and marketing field days in August to provide growers with up-to-date information on storing grain for export.

The field days will be held in Corrigin (August 4) and Hopetoun (August 6), and follow on from successful events already held in Geraldton and Wongan Hills.

Department National Grains Industry biosecurity co-ordinator Lisa Sherriff said with the deregulation of grain marketing, many farmers were looking into the storage of grain for export on farm.

"Storing grain for export is a new practice for many growers, and it is critical they gather as much information on each storage system, relative to the end use of the grain, to avoid future issues," Ms Sherriff said.

"Growers need to ensure the on-farm storage system they adopt will enable them to supply grain that is the right quality for the intended market, to safe-guard their own and the industry's export market opportunities."

Speaking at the field days will be local grain marketers Planfarm and Farmanco who will provide an overview of how to identify market opportunities. A representative from CBH will explain what is required to achieve grain quality targets, and local growers will discuss the systems they have set up and how they work.

The department's Chris Newman will discuss the management of farm grain stocks and demonstrate techniques used to adequately manage sealed storages.

* The Corrigin field day is being held on Kwongan Farm (Richard Guinness) and more information is available by contacting Sandy Turton on 0427 428 295

For Hopetoun the contact is Julianne Hill 0408 908 989 and the event will be held on Katlin Farm (Stott Redman).

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