PowerGrain to the rescue – Grain Preservation Options

The Problem

National shortages of grain preservation products, including propionic acid, are being reported this season. Farmers are being urged to look towards urea and enzyme-based grain treatments to maximise the quality of home-grown feed. 

Global demand, trade restrictions and Brexit are all thought to have led to the recent shortages of propionic acid, a grain treatment commonly used by farmers to preserve grain.

Although this market disruption could pose major challenges for farmers across the UK who routinely use propionic acid at harvest, Andrew Sincock, commercial director at Agriton, explains that there are alternative grain treatment and preservation options that growers can turn to. 

PowerGrain provides another option

“Urea and enzyme-based treatments help to enhance the quality of grain for an extended period of time, and importantly help reduce the risk of pathogens and mycotoxins contaminating winter feed stocks,” he adds. 

“A reaction occurs when urea combines with the enzymes and moisture in grain, which helps to boost the protein content and pH of treated grain,” he explains. 

PowerGrain is one example of a urea and enzyme-based treatment. It can enhance stored grain for up to 12 months and provides growers with greater flexibility at harvest. 

“When you incorporate PowerGrain into harvest strategies, cereal crops can be harvested even in challenging conditions, such as in light rain or heavy dew, as this treatment needs at least 16% moisture to work,” he explains.

Why Powergrain 

Using PowerGrain not only allows grains to be stored for up to 12 months but it also increases the protein and pH of treated grain. This means farmers can enhance the nutritional value of their feed while significantly reducing the Acidosis risk usually associated with feeding grains.

“Being able to maximise home grown feed and forage is even more important this year,” Andrew continues, “with average harvest yields slightly down this year and feed prices on the rise it’s imperative farmers utilise all available resources to ensure profitability.”

How to use

Mr Sincock adds that PowerGrain should be applied directly to the harvested crops within 48 hours either via a mixer wagon or mobile mill.

“The grain will then need to be stored under a plastic sheet for two to three weeks so that the required chemical reactions can occur. After this point, the sheet can be removed, and the high-quality grain can be stored safely for 12 months.

“The recent market shortages have put a magnitude of pressures on the arable sector, but UK growers should feel reassured that there are fantastic alternative treatment options available that can deliver significant benefits for both the grower and the grain,” he concludes.  

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