Parkes growers turn to ‘old reliable’ for grain fumigation
EFFICACY and reliability are paramount when it comes to grain fumigants and for Parkes grower Spike Orr, it’s why he and his family have trusted the same product for more than two decades.
Spike farms with his brother Tim and their parents, Bob and Colleen, at Parkes in New South Wales.
The family’s property spans 3240 hectares, of which one third is used for cropping and the remainder for running sheep and cattle.
A typical cropping program for the Orrs comprises wheat and canola or wheat and barley, with about 1000 tonnes of on-farm storage in the form of sealed cone silos.
The on-farm storage allows them flexibility for their grain marketing, as well as retaining grain for seed and feed purposes.
“Most of the grain we keep is used for seed, or barley for stock feed,” Spike said.
“We’ve had problems in the past with weevils, which is why we started using QuickPhos all those years ago. We’ve been using it for as long as it’s been available and it’s never let us down.”
UPL QuickPhos is a phosphine fumigation method used for eradicating stored grain pests.
It can be used on practically all food-grains, milled products, processed food and other agricultural products.
Available in tablet, pellet and bag form, QuickPhos offers a simple delivery system that ensures even distribution of phosphine with no toxic residue.
It’s effective on a wide range of pests, including granary weevil, lesser grain borer and flat grain beetle.
For Spike, QuickPhos is the main weapon they use to eliminate grain pests in their stored grain and they source the product through their Agronomist, Luke Wood, from CRT AgriWest Parkes.
“We generally don’t treat our grain as it goes in the silo, apart from the occasional lime application, which is supposed to help keep the bugs away,” he said.
“At the first sign of weevils, we’ll go straight in with QuickPhos as for us, it’s the most cost-effective option.
“We’ve never had any problems with the product and it’s continued to be effective, which is why we’ve continued to use it.”
For more information on QuickPhos, please contact your local CRT or AgriWest store.