AUSTRALIA'S grain growers are playing a vital role in safeguarding the nation's access to global grain markets worth more than $12billion.
By using only registered treatments in on-farm storages and adhering to label directions and rates, growers are protecting Australia's reputation as a supplier of high quality, clean grain.
Growers and other industry personnel are being reminded not to accept any "poor advice” regarding treatments for grain storages but continue to abide by industry regulations and product labels, as lucrative international market access would be jeopardised if unregistered or off-label chemicals were used.
Chris Warrick, who heads up the Grains Research and Development Corporation Grain Storage Extension Project, says products used for structural treatments must be registered for that purpose and accepted by the intended grain buyer.
"Do not use any product in grain storages which is not registered for that purpose and always follow label directions and rates - do not accept any advice to the contrary,” Mr Warrick said.
Mr Warrick said residual chemistry from off-label application in stored grain may even find its way into other export industries, including meat and processed goods.
Grain hygiene and structural treatments are the first line of defence against insect pests, but product choice is critical.
"Diatamaceous Earth products such as Dryacide are a non-chemical option which control all common grain storage insect pests,” Mr Warrick said.
"Because DE products have a physical effect on the insects rather than a chemical effect there are no known resistance issues.”
GRDC manager pests, Dr Leigh Nelson, said the GRDC and its industry partners commend growers for their responsible approach to treating grain storage structures.
"Our growers recognise the importance of Australia maintaining its reputation for supplying international markets with grain of the highest quality,” Dr Nelson said.
"They continue to do the right thing in terms of best practice treatment of on-farm storages, and by doing so are protecting their livelihoods and those of all grain growers.”
GRDC has produced a publication to assist growers. Visit www.grdc.com.au.