Protect our market access

Is your grain Market Ready?

South Australia has an excellent reputation for providing premium agricultural products and working closely with trading partners to ensure their needs are met. By continuing to uphold high grain hygiene standards, South Australian grain growers will have access to a large range of markets across the world for their grain.

Market Ready is new campaign which is an initiative of the South Australian Grain Market Access Group. It is delivered by Grain Producers SA with the support of the Federal Government’s Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation Program.

Download the Market Ready fact sheet.


GPSA ran a series of trade and market access workshops across SA in February 2021, which educated growers on their obligations and role in the value chain under the Industry Management Plans.


Why Market Ready?

Everyone in the grain supply chain has a role to play in protecting our valuable markets.

Australia, and in particular South Australia, has a reputation as an exporter of quality grain and growers play a fundamental role in protecting that reputation.

Market Ready strongly aligns with the Biosecurity and Market Access Pillar of the South Australian Grain Industry Blueprint.

Industry Management Plans

Industry Management Plans (IMPs) have been implemented to support the protocols to enable trade in wheat and barley to China and barley to South Korea. IMPs outline the checkpoint mechanisms that exist as grain moves from farm to customer. There are a number of farm checkpoints growers can follow to ensure they are growing quality, clean grain.

Growers are the first checkpoint for grain entering the export supply chain and therefore ensuring it meets the right quality standards and helping exporters to meet importing country quarantine requirements.

The checkpoints are as follows:

  • Aim to have both viable and clean seed to ensure there is good germination and the crop can grow free of competition.
  • If required, use a seed dressing to reduce the incidence of disease or early insect infestation.
  • Ensure any new seed purchased has been treated under the Australian Seed Federation’s National Code of Practice for the Use of Seed Treatments. This will ensure the seed has been treated safely, accurately and efficiently in accordance with current regulatory and industry best practice methods.
  • Clean and treat any seed stored on-farm from the previous harvest appropriately.
  • Actively monitor and manage the growth of the crop through to harvest and take any remedial action to protect or enhance the yield and quality of the crop, including weed, disease and insect control, and fertiliser application.
  • Follow voluntary codes of practice for cleaning harvesters, trucks and augers to eliminate cross-contamination.
  • If required, use a seed grader to make sure your crop meets hygiene standards.
  • If storing grain on-farm for planting next year or for later sale, ensure it is stored and treated appropriately.

Download the IMP for Wheat and Barley Exports to China.

Maintaining high standards of grain hygiene

All domestic and export markets for Australian grain have a low to nil tolerance level for chemical residues and contaminants. There is a zero tolerance for the following:

  • fertiliser
  • pickled/treated grain/artificial colouring
  • live stored grain insects
  • any chemical NOT approved
  • rodent/snail bait
  • glass and brittle plastic
  • live or dead rodents
  • toxic and corrosive materials

When spraying crops, growers should also adhere to withholding periods, label instructions, application rates and safe operating procedures of the chemical being used. It is critical to only use registered/permitted chemicals on crops and any chemicals applied must be appropriately declared when delivering grain.

Before harvest, growers must clean all equipment and ensure it is ready for use, including headers, augers, chaser bins, on-farm storage, field bins, trailers, delivery trucks and grain handling equipment.

Download a grain hygiene checklist.

Download a grain hygiene poster.

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