With harvest just around the corner, farmers are being urged to prepare grain stores, paying particular attention to hygiene, to avoid costly insect and rodent infestations.
With increasing industry focus on integrated pest management, the Bayer pest solutions team will be on hand at Cereals to offer advice on grain store management, with a focus on preventing pest infestations.
Ken Black, national account manager at the company, explains that an integrated approach is vital, cleaning and monitoring grain stores should be a priority.
Mr Black says: “After the initial clean down, it is important stores are closely monitored for insect and rodent activity.
“There are simple methods that can be undertaken to ensure early pest identification, allowing early treatment and control,” he adds.
“To monitor for insects, observe the area on a regular basis, paying particular attention to cracks and crevices. Use insect monitoring traps around the store to capture insects and highlight areas of activity.
“When it comes to rodent monitoring, look for droppings, footprints, gnawing and access points. Consider using a non-toxic monitoring block in areas where activity is identified or suspected,” says Mr Black.
He explains that if pest activity is identified, then a decision needs to be made on the best options for control.
“To manage insect infestations, treat walls, floors and roof spaces with K-Obiol, paying particular attention to ledges, corners and areas where dust and debris accumulate. Ideally treating two months ahead of harvest will give optimum control,” he explains.
Mr Black says: “If rodents are an issue then the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use guidelines should be followed before, during and following treatment.
“However, it is essential to assess the situation before using any product and ensure you select the correct rodenticide, with the correct authorisation for the area you are treating,” he adds.
“Implementing an integrated approach to pest management in grain stores is a cheap and easy process and can prevent costly grain rejections that could lead to substantial losses of up to £50/ tonne,” says Mr Black.