Red Tractor extends deadline for temporary storage for certain types of grain

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Farmers will be able to store grain destined for animal feed, export and non-food users until Friday 15 November 2019 following a decision made by the Red Tractor Combinable Crops & Sugar Beet Board yesterday.

The new deadline supersedes the standard deadline of 31 October. It is a consequence of delays caused by Brexit and its knock-on effect on HGV availability making the management of grain logistics extremely difficult.

For any grain destined for human food use the deadline remains 31 October. Any storage required after 31 October for human food use and 15 November for other types of grain will then be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Applications for further derogations will require approval from the Combinable Crops and Sugar Beet Members Certification Body.

Any farmer using temporary storage for grain must adhere to protocols set out in the AHDB Grain Storage Guide – especially on grain moisture and temperature. You can also use the Safe Storage Time Calculator to assess temperature and moisture content as well (scroll to the bottom of the page for the link).

Members must follow the standards set out in Red Tractor’s Combinable Crops and Sugar Beet Standards guide (see page 15 for guidelines on storage).

Anyone who’d like further information can email: