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Scramble for propane marks Mother Nature’s latest challenge for U.S. farmers

Reading Time: 3 minutes Chicago | Reuters – Months after historic floods ravaged the U.S. Midwest, farmers scrambling to harvest their crops face a new headache: finding fuel to dry their soaked grains. Normally, farmers use propane as fuel for grain dryers to reduce moisture levels in corn crops to ready for sale or to safely store the grain. But the […] Read more


PAMI research shows that simply adding more horsepower may not be sufficient to push air through deeper piles of grain.

Keeping your stored grain cool and dry

With increased storage depth comes increased risk. Are we moving enough air through today’s larger grain bins?

Reading Time: 5 minutes For anyone visiting the rural Prairies for the first time in a few years, one of the first things they might notice is that those are not their dad’s grain bins — 20,000- to 50,000-bushel bins are now a common sight. But bigger bins mean bigger challenges in managing moisture, and bigger losses if things […] Read more

Wilde Ag Ventures makes and sells fan-specific gauges, taking information from airflow tables for a particular model and overlaying that on the gauge dial. This provides a quick estimate of airflow based on the static pressure reading.

Do you know how your aeration fan blows?

Understanding different fan types, and the difference between moving air versus moving water, will help you keep those ever-larger bins of canola in top condition

Reading Time: 7 minutes To cool a bin of canola, the aeration fan needs to move 0.1 to 0.2 cubic feet of air per bushel per minute. To remove moisture, airflow should be about 10 times that. Does your fan achieve those rates? How do you know? A five-horsepower axial fan can blow more air per minute than a […] Read more


Follow storage guidelines to protect your pulses

Combining pulses when they’re tough reduces damage to seeds, but they then need to be dried down

Reading Time: 4 minutes Pulse crops retain their quality and maximize their marketability when a few grain storage guidelines are followed. Downgrading of pulses can occur when cracked seed coats or split seeds are present in the sample, or if a significant amount of seeds are heated or have a musty odour. The Canadian Grain Commission’s dry seed moisture […] Read more

This photo was taken the day Ron Krahn was putting up a seventh 24,000-bushel bin. He stores canola in these bins but does not expect the 10-hp fan to do much drying if grain is tough.

Is stored canola at bigger risk than ever?

Huge bins, straight combining and delivery contracts for June and July have all potentially increased the storage risk for canola. But the basics for safe storage — eight per cent moisture, 15 C or less and regular monitoring — still apply

Reading Time: 4 minutes We don’t really know whether canola in a 25,000-bushel bin stores differently from canola in a 2,000-bushel bin. We don’t know if straight combining reduces or increases canola storage risk. And we don’t know the best way to store canola for 11 months through fall, winter, spring and summer weather changes. Given that many canola […] Read more


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Grain analyzer gets attention

Soybean Guide: With more soybeans and corn stored on farm, this new analyzer is paying off

Reading Time: 5 minutes It’s easy to see why grain analyzers and testers are garnering more attention in ag circles, from the farm all the way up through elevators and even at large-scale processors. With tighter margins and a greater focus on finding efficiencies, but also with more focus on traceability, more interest in new traits, and more markets […] Read more