Grain Management News

  • Stored Grains: CO₂ Monitoring for the Early Detection of Spoilage

    In a recent article published by Process Industry Informer, it was highlighted that over 50% of stored grains are lost after harvesting due to spoilage caused by mould or insect infestation, and amounts to roughly $1 trillion per year in losses. However, these major economic losses can be combatted by the early detection of spoilage with gas sensors for CO2 measurement. ...


    By Edinburgh Sensors Ltd

  • Measuring CO2 to Optimise the Bulk Storage of Food

    One of the major reasons for lost grain is spoilage due to mould or insect infestation during storage.2 To provide a constant supply of grain year-round, after grains are harvested they are often kept in long term storage. Maintaining the quality of stored grain is crucial, both to ensure the quality of the final food products, and to prevent economic losses for farmers. ...


    By Edinburgh Sensors Ltd

  • Study uses farm data to aid in slowing evolution of herbicide-resistant weeds

    The widespread evolution of herbicide-resistant weeds is costing farmers, especially through decreases in productivity and profitability. Although researchers and industry personnel have made recommendations to slow this evolution, an understanding of the patterns and causes of the resistance has been limited. Diversifying the herbicide mechanisms of action (MOAs) has been recommended to stop the ...


    By University of Illinois

  • Canadian Farmers to Access Enlist™ Corn Through Field Forward™ Program

    Dow AgroSciences, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: Dow), announced a limited commercial introduction of Enlist™ corn in Canada for the 2014 growing season. The company’s Canada Field Forward program will provide growers with an exclusive opportunity to experience the company’s newest technologies under carefully stewarded conditions before they are ...


    By Dow AgroSciences LLC

  • In-crop nitrogen key to summer sorghum yields

    With the summer cropping season on our doorstep, growers are weighing up their planting options against the market, seasonal conditions and gross margin calculations. For many the summer cropping rotation will include sorghum and maximising crop yield and profitability will be a key driver of all pre-plant and in-crop agronomic decisions. Recent research funded by the GRDC, Queensland Alliance ...

  • New hand-held grain moisture tester available from John Deere

    To help producers more accurately monitor the condition of their grain during harvest and in storage, John Deere introduces the GT-30300 Grain Moisture Tester. This new hand-held device provides direct readout of moisture and test weight for 20 different grains in seconds, without pre-weighing the samples, at the touch of a button. According to Barry Deiters, product manager with John Deere ...


    By John Deere

  • Global food prices continue to drop

    The FAO Food Price Index dropped for the fourth month in a row in August reaching its lowest level since June 2012. The index, which measures the monthly change in the international prices of a basket of food commodities, averaged 201.8 points in August 2013, nearly 4 points (1.9 percent) below its July ...

  • Global grain production at record high despite extreme climatic events

    Global grain production is expected to reach a record high of 2.4 billion tons in 2012, an increase of 1 percent from 2011 levels, according to new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet project (www.worldwatch.org) for the Institute’s Vital Signs Online service. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Data Highlight: Arab Grain Imports Rising Rapidly

    The Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa make up only 5 percent of the world’s population, yet they take in more than 20 percent of the world’s grain exports. Imports to the region have jumped from 30 million tons of grain in 1990 to nearly 70 million tons in 2011. Now imported grain accounts for nearly 60 percent of regional grain consumption. With water scarce, ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Eriez Magnetics - PR1013 Eriez Europe support foreign language students

    With Europe consisting of many different countries, with different cultures and languages, it is important that Eriez can communicate with them in the best possible way. Subsequently, the personnel at Eriez Europe use a variety of different languages in their working day. This gives Eriez an advantage as customers respond very positively when communicating in their native tongue, if not direct ...


    By Eriez Magnetics Europe Ltd

  • Soil Moisture Probes as a management tool for broadacre cropping enterprises

    Are you interested in being involved in a 'Cutting Edge' Agronomic Project and Discussion Group? SANTFA and Rural Directions Pty Ltd, are kicking off a project focussing on Soil Moisture Probes as a management tool for broadacre cropping enterprises, which will run from July 2009 through to May 2010. The project is about using soil moisture monitoring as a guide for making informed decisions in ...

  • A burning issue in winter wheat production

    Some Pacific Northwest winter wheat producers burn fields to remove straw left after harvest before reseeding. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and cooperators have shown that with careful management, this practice does not result in any more soil erosion than other postharvest practices. Continuous winter wheat cropping systems are used in some parts of the Pacific Northwest where ...

  • A little nitrogen can go a long way

    Varying the rate of crop production inputs such as fertilizer and seed makes intuitive sense, as farmers have long observed differences in crop yield in various areas of a single field. The availability of spatial yield information from combines equipped with yield monitors has provided a good resource for improved management. So, optimizing inputs to match yield potential of different areas ...

  • GRDC to advise farmers on overcoming subsoil constraints

    Workshops are being held in northern New South Wales and Queensland in July and August to help advisors and grain growers identify and manage the impact of subsoil constraints. These include sodicity, salinity, alkalinity, acidity, subsoil nutrient deficiencies and toxicities and soil compaction, and cost growers around $80/ha in forgone income across the region. The workshops have been ...

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