MEETING THE REQUIREMENTS
- 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.