The Challenge - To reduce degradation from high moisture in stored grains.
It is common in grain storage to have high moisture levels at certain times from filling at harvest through to removing from storage for use or sale. There are many and varied conditions that cause this - changes in weather, grain condition and management practices during storage to name a few.
High moisture in grain storage can increase insect infestations, various harmful moulds, or spontaneous combustion, which all have a significant impact on the grain quality and the price achieved at market.
Effectively managing moisture can increase the value of the grain, and importantly increase the amount of grain which is available for consumption.
It is well documented that within the next 50 years the world will potentially be running short of food to feed both humans and the animals needed to sustain the predicted population increases, which are outpacing world food production.
Post-harvest losses contribute and account for between 8% and 30% of downgraded food grains globally, depending on the country. Post harvest losses in certain countries are equal to or more than the total crop produced in Australia by approximately 30 million tonnes, which is downgraded in both quality and value or doesn’t make it into the food chain at all!
Incremental increases in quality and quantity that can make it into the food chain will have significant impacts, ie increased profit and available grains for consumption.
Why? Because Every Grain Counts.