Wet Grain Storage

Oral Answers to Questions — Science – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st May 1963.

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Photo of Hon. Nicholas Ridley Hon. Nicholas Ridley , Cirencester and Tewkesbury 12:00 am, 21st May 1963

asked the Parliamentary Secretary for Science when the Agricultural Research Council will complete its research into the storage of wet grain.

Photo of Mr Denzil Freeth Mr Denzil Freeth , Basingstoke

I am informed by the Agricultural Research Council that the Rowett Research Institute is investigating the feeding value of barley that has been stored in damp condition. The results from the first trials are expected to be available towards the end of this year. Further trials will not be completed before some time in 1964.

Photo of Hon. Nicholas Ridley Hon. Nicholas Ridley , Cirencester and Tewkesbury

Is it not true that the Agricultural Research Council has been working on this problem for nearly three years now and many farmers are already storing wet grain? Surely my hon. Friend can tell us when he expects research to catch up with practice in this matter?

Photo of Mr Denzil Freeth Mr Denzil Freeth , Basingstoke

The Agricultural Research Council has been working on this problem from 1952. At the present moment we have investigations on a laboratory scale at the Rowett Research Institute and also on a wider scale on experimental farms run by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. When we have the results of those investigations to hand, I think we shall be in a better position to make an announcement.