Growing Phosphine Resistance

Phosphine is the most widely used fumigant across Australia, making up about 80% of all chemical insect control in stored grain. It is affordable and simple to utilise when you have access to technologies designed with fumigation in mind. It isn’t, however, a fool proof chemical. User error is leading to a concerning increase in…

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Current Labour shortage in Agriculture for Australia

The gross value of Australia’s agricultural production is forecast to reach a record $73.0 billion in 2021–22. If realised, this would be the first time that agricultural gross value has surpassed $70 billion Within the past couple of years our Australian Farmers have faced all kind of challenges, such as drought, flood, fires, rodent infestations…

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Safe Storage and Handling of Grain

Keeping grain in optimum condition is the first step in preventing entrapment in flowing grain. Many grain entrapments have occurred when a person went into a silo storage to break apart mouldy or crusted grains. Good storage management will help prevent mouldy grains and spoilage. Grain is also handled at a faster rate and in…

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Make the best decision for your harvest this year

Deciding to invest in on-farm storage is a big decision. This decision can also become quite overwhelming once you start to consider what extras you may want and/or need. Did you know that here at HE Silos we have a range of 15-20 accessories? Some accessories will come standard with your purchase, such as ladders…

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SUPPLY VS. DEMAND: FOOD, FEED AND FIBRE IN 2050

Welcome back everyone. I’m sure by now, most of you have heard the predictions regarding world demand for increased agricultural output across the globe, however you may not actually realise how realistic and overwhelming these projections are.  The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)…

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Preparing for the Winter Period

Welcome back once again! Today I want to talk about the sowing period and remind you all of those important jobs you may well forget. With the brilliant season 2020 gave us, residual soil moisture is giving a promising start to the year ahead. Considering the circumstances surrounding the current mouse plague in large parts…

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Aeration: What You Need to Know

Forever, there has been confusion surrounding the differences between aeration cooling and drying. It can be difficult to know when they’re needed, as well as when to stop. What cannot be put up for debate is whether these systems are valuable or not. Undoubtedly, they are some of the most powerful non-chemical tools available within…

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Why is Temperature so Important?

Welcome back to yet another entry on grain storage conditions. What makes grain and silo temperature so imperative to the vitality of your grain? To put it briefly, pretty much all bad things can fester in warmer temperatures; from pests to mould, to fungi, we’ve seen it all. Did you know that the germination of…

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The Australian Plague Locust

Today I want to talk about yet another pest, the dreaded locust. Locusts are a herbivorous insect that have the potential to devastate huge areas of crop and vegetation within incredibly small time periods. Australia has three main native pest species of locust, including the Australian plague locust, the spur-throated locust, and the migratory locust.…

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2021- the Year of the Mouse

Welcome back for yet another blog!Lately, we’ve had an influx of urgent enquiries for short-term storage. Why, you may ask? MICE! Grain bags can be sufficient to store small amounts of grain in the short term, provided the perfect conditions. However, as we all know, those conditions are incredibly rare. Reports of rodents damaging bags…

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