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Integrated grain storage - technology transfer for organic farming - OF0176

This study will aim to highlight major post-harvest problems experienced by organic grain growers in the UK, as well as summarising the information currently available to organic growers for dealing with their grain storage problems; the study will also ensure smooth technology transfer from conventional to organic systems. The project will be composed of 3 specific objectives outlined as follows, together with ways in which they might be achieved: 1. Highlighting of the main post-harvest problems experienced by UK organic grain growers. A steering group will be established, including CSL storage experts, an independent organic adviser, an organic farmer and HDRA. Representative organic farm stores will be visited, techniques currently employed will be assessed, and views on the principle problems of organic storage will be recorded; 2. Collation of available published information into a more convenient form that will enable growers to tackle storage problems more effectively and identification of areas requiring a minimum of modification to ensure smooth technology transfer from the conventional to the organic sector. The review will take into account conclusions of a desk study on the storage of organically produced crops completed previously by HDRA and findings of MAFF-funded research into storage of conventionally grown grain. The Integrated Grain Store Manager (IGSM) software will be adapted to include an organic module; this is likely to include necessary improvements to modelling of pest populations and trap interpretation to reflect the crucial importance of early detection in systems depending on physical control. Publication of technical information and a joint workshop with the Soil Association will support these activities; 3. Identification of areas where organic methods cannot adequately replace conventional pest control measures and suggestions for areas requiring further research and development. The feasibility of permissible alternatives to fabric treatments, including vacuuming, steam, pressure, hypochlorite, biological control and inert dusts could be examined with some form of preliminary experimental assessment. Results of the study will be made available as technical and popular articles and data will be incorporated into the IGSM software as an organic module. A workshop arising from the project will also be convened.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Integrated grain storage - technology transfer for organic farming   (110k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1999

To: 2001

Cost: £34,453
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Central Science Laboratory, Henry Doubleday Research Association
Grain Pests              
Organic Farming              
Fields of Study
Organic Farming