• Success Stories
  • Bribbaree, NSW
  • Coolah, NSW
  • Merriwa, NSW
  • Swan Hill, Vic
  • Southern NSW
  • Temora, NSW
  • Trangie, NSW
  • Wimmera, Vic

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Success Stories

Conserve On-Farm was launched in September 2013 for use in eastern Australia. It has been rapidly adopted by farmers, particularly in NSW, where one success story has lead to many others. For most users, it has exceeded expectations in its level of control and period of control. Click on the towns on the left to hear just a few of these that we have collected.

 

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Bribbaree, NSW

Bribbaree, NSW
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Coolah, NSW

Coolah, NSW
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Merriwa, NSW

"We previously just used to use Reldan PluS to treat all of our grain.  We were finding that it wasn’t lasting very long, probably getting two or three months, which really wasn’t satisfactory.  We had to turn it pretty regularly.  We went into aerators to try and control the temperature of the grain.  In some cases, with the barley, as we use the barley ourselves, we just had to take a hit on there being weevils in it.  As we were the end users we weren’t overly concerned about the barley, though we’d still like to keep it clean.

We heard about this new product and we thought we’d give it a go.  We used Conserve on the wheat last season, we wanted to see if it would keep it clean.  Generally we need to turn all our grain about March-April.  This year I went about and speared everything to see if there were weevils in it and there were weevils in absolutely everything.  Even the Conserve silo, but they were all dead.  The weevils that were in the Conserve silo were dead and the weevils that were in all of the other ones were all going just fine, they were all alive.  We had treated the silos with Reldan and dichlorvos as a surface treatment, so the silos should have been clean, but it is quite likely that there would have been a bit of an egg burden or something in there.  The wheat and the barley were in silos side by side so they would have come from the silo next door or on the wind. 

For me that was a win, I thought that was really good.  It was 11 months since we treated it and its still clean.  We sell the grain primarily for use as stock feed.  Nobody wants a load of grain turning up full of dust or weevils. 

We also had some wheat in an open shed and it had weevils in it too, but they were all dead as well, the Conserve was controlling them.  We’ve only just picked that up now, out of the shed, and it was still clean as a whistle.  That’s been 11 months since treatment as well in an open front shed with really nothing really protecting it and it was still clean.  So, yeah, I’m really happy with it.

We will be using Conserve On-Farm on everything this season.  I’ve been really impressed with it.  It is a great product."

 

Swan Hill, Vic

"I had two silos full of barley that a neighbour had wanted, but never come around to collect.  I had forgotten about them to be honest.  The grain had been in there for two to three years.  So, I pulled the grain out, treated it with Conserve On-Farm, put it in another couple of clean silos in August-September last year.  I pulled it out in June this year and sold it to a neighbour as sheep feed and there wasn’t a thing in it, not a live thing in it.  These were unsealed silos so as far as gassing it goes, I wasn’t going to be very successful in doing that.  I don’t like doing that because you end up having to double and triple treat it, try and plug up a few holes and hope for the best sort of thing! 

So I’m very impressed with the chemical, the way it works.  It worked well.

We’ve also got a grain shed that has always been problematic – we’ve gotten to the stage of putting aeration into it - and that works really well providing you can get the right weather conditions to get the grain temperature down.  If the weather goes against you and you can’t get the temperatures down then we’ve had to gas that.  Last harvest we used Conserve On-Farm, we’ve just been pulling grain out of it this week and it’s clean.

As far as using it goes, it’s quite good.  It’s easy to mix and it worked!"

Southern NSW

"We had an old silo, with grain treated with Conserve On-Farm two years ago.  We had a leak in that silo, and what was interesting is, it was like a pyramid where the leak was.  The weevils were concentrated in that leak.  I’ve been emptying it out for stock feed and it was interesting that Conserve had held the weevils in that area, they hadn’t spread through the silo.  I was careful, shovelling out around them, there was probably a patch about a foot diameter across along the bottom from a single leak and the weevils went where the wet was, naturally, but the rest of it, they didn’t touch it. 

The other thing I noticed, in the side shoot, it’s a terrible silo, but on the side shoot where you open it up and bag out, that’s where the weevils always broke out, and there’re no weevils there. 

Before Conserve, all I used that silo for was chemical storage, I wasn’t game enough to put anything in it.  I’m happy.  It’s a no brainer I think.  It’s the best thing I’ve seen for a long time."

Temora, NSW

Temora, NSW
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Trangie, NSW

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Wimmera, Vic

We farm in the Wimmera, Victoria, and grow a range of crops, particularly malt barley for beer. Due to international trade in this market, our malt barley goes through an identity preserve system. That process, along with needs from the maltsters that we are working through, require us to store grain a lot longer than we have been previously. At times, this has been up to 15 months. Holding grain for that long puts a lot of pressure on our storage system and the management of grain pests. To date we’ve had to apply phosphine at least twice in that period to control insects. That’s why we’ve been looking at new options; to give us the flexibility in our marketing of our grain.  

We haven’t been able to use Conserve On-Farm on malt barley, but Conserve Plus is a game changer. It allows growers to use another active to mitigate resistance in stored grain pests. It allows older storages to be utilised to put malt barley in and not having to rely on using gas sealed type silos where we’re using phosphine. So it’s going to help prolong the life of phosphine as well. It also gives growers a more flexible opportunity to store, particularly their malt barley, and work with their marketer in terms of the markets they’re wanting to put their particular barley into.

So once we get Conserve Plus into the system and our customers are happy with it, I’m sure it’s going to give us an opportunity to store grain for a lot longer than we have been before without any problem with grain pests. It is also easy to apply, and at the time of harvest, so it’s ideal.

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