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Harvest and Handling

Objective: Minimise risks of contamination and fire during harvest. Grain hygiene, quality and integrity are maintained to meet standards.

Meeting the Requirments

  • Comply with state boundary and local area clean down requirements for harvester transport.

  • Use cleaning methods that effectively decontaminate from the prior use, particularly before the start of harvest.

  • Comply with fire risk harvesting restrictions and regulations eg SA's Grain Harvesting Code of Practice.

  • Ensure appropriate clean down procedures are used between harvesting of GM and non-GM crops. These are described in the Harvesting Clean Down Guidelines - Canola.

Other Practices to Consider in Your Grain Farming Enterprise

  • Making formal agreements with contractors and conducting pre-harvest inductions and discussions with staff and contractors including procedures, risks, safety, etc.

  • Testing grain moisture, protein and other quality parameters during harvest to meet market requirements.

  • Segregating by variety, classification, specialty traits and season of production may add value.

  • Collecting and retaining representative samples for grain quality testing by paddock.

  • Cleaning grain to suit market needs may add value.

  • Managing grain drying to preserve grain quality to meet market needs.

  • Minimising risk of contamination in handling equipment. For example, use designated augers for specific purposes, or another system to avoid cross-contamination. Augers used for zinc phosphide or pickled grain can not be used for grain to be marketed.

  • Understanding risk of fire with modern machinery, especially with oilseed and pulse crops and manage to match weather conditions.

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