Wimmera workshop to win war on weevils

Lubeck and district growers are invited to a hands-on grain storage workshop on Monday 29 July in preparation for this season’s harvest.

The free two-hour event, organised by Agriculture Victoria and the Lubeck Landcare Group, will start with breakfast at the Lubeck Hall and presentations, followed by a visit to a local farm.

Primary Business consultant, Chris Warrick, said that grain storage was not often at the forefront of growers’ minds during winter but now is the time to be planning ahead for harvest.

“Growers need to start thinking about grain storage options now,” he said.

“For example, you may want to buy more storage or improve your measures for preventing pest infestations.”

Weevils that survive during winter in stored grain are ready to re-infest the next crop, leading to the risk of new season’s grain being rejected by the buyer, said Mr Warrick, who is the Grains Research and Development Corporation’s (GRDC) national Grain Storage Project co-ordinator.

The workshop will cover topics of most interest to the participants. These may include:

  • Improving older storage facilities
  • Best bets for buying new storage
  • Aeration cooling for pest control
  • Hygiene and structural treatments
  • Grain protectants
  • Fumigation and dealing with insects
  • Storing grain with high moisture content.

The event will start at 8am with breakfast at the Lubeck Hall, courtesy of the Wal Wal Lubeck Landcare Group, with the workshop running from 8.30am to about 10.30am.

Winning the war on weevils – Grain storage workshop

Location Date and time Register
Lubeck Memorial Hall

12 Wal Wal Rd

Lubeck VIC 3385

Mon 29 July

8am – 11am

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