“If it ain’t good enough to sow, it ain’t good enough to sell”

In the last month or so we have had some loads of oats tested for which the screenings have increased from a perfectly respectable level at below 5% to levels approaching 10% or even higher.

One possible reason for this is that farmers are cleaning their home-saved spring seed and then dumping the out-turn from the mobile cleaner back onto the heap.

This leads to costs in either claims or additional cleaning.  One recent example saw a through store weight loss of approximately 16% despite the screenings testing at about 11%.  In order to remove the screenings the load needed to be cleaned twice which clearly resulted in additional losses.

As we move forwards with premiums payable for improved oat quality it will increasingly be false economy to continue the practice of adding seed cleanings to your grain.  Please put them in the feed bin or heap for the gamekeeper and remember the adage, “If it ain’t good enough to sow, it ain’t good enough to sell”