Bin-top exhaust fans help expel hot, moist air before it cools and causes grain-spoiling condensation. | Blaine Krahn/Corr Grain Systems photo

Exhaust fan use rises along with drying trend

Ed Radcliffe is witnessing a bit of a new trend in grain storage in Western Canada. “We’re starting to see a lot of roof exhaust fans being put in so we can pull moisture out of the top of the bin if need be,” said the manager of grain conditioning and dryers with CORR Grain […] Read more

Aggressive early harvest means better grades and retained moisture that can later be used for blending low moisture grain. Careful management of fans and burners is more cost-effective than using a dryer, according to Dave Wall. | Wall Grain photo

Fans, spreaders and tech augment Fast Dry system

The choice of grain dryer is important but how it is used might be even more important. Good dryer management can lower capital costs while boosting the number of bushels dried. There’s no secret to making the most of grain bins and a dryer, according to Dave Wall of Wall Grain. The combine, bins, dryer […] Read more

Kamsack, Sask., farmer Nolan Nykolaishen was able to store 1,000 to 1,200 tonnes of wheat at 18 percent humidity — after six days, grain at the bottom of the bin measured out at 12 percent. | Wall Grain photo

Two farmers discuss their experiences with Fast Dry bins

Early harvest tends to pay off for Harv Aberhart, who has six 48-foot bins with 25 horsepower fans at his operation near Langenburg, Sask. He will often over-dry some bins so he can blend with material in other bins. Aberhart has dried a lot of canola in his Fast Dry bins, some of which have […] Read more

Bins and grain handling equipment form hazardous environments that demand training, procedures, and emergency plans to prevent injury and death. | File photo

As grain-handling systems increase in size, so do hazards

In an ideal world, moving grain should be a positive and stress-free task, regardless of whether you’re moving grain off the field and into storage, or out of storage and into the elevator. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. In today’s world of big bushels, super-sized storage bins and high-capacity handling equipment, things can go […] Read more

While the terminology can be confusing, the basic principle is straightforward: warm ambient air, when forced through stored grain, will absorb moistur e as it moves though the grain mass. | File photo

Natural air grain drying simple but complex

Understanding the process can include learning technical terms such as static pressure and equilibrium moisture content

Natural air drying of grain is one of those things that is both complicated and simple. On the simple side, drying grain in a bin is similar to drying laundry on a line. “Going back to old days, we used to hang clothes out on the clothes line. As long as the air is drier […] Read more

Pneumatic systems see boom in use, popularity

Pneumatic systems see boom in use, popularity

Sales of pneumatic grain transfer systems have blossomed in the past five years as bin yards outgrew their original design and more producers harvest early and use continuous flow dryers. Walinga’s past experience in using air to move grain has made it the big mover and shaker in this recent pneumatic wave. Much of the […] Read more

Seven steps offered to maximize crop quality

Seven steps offered to maximize crop quality

A seven-step outline for maximizing moisture and quality control at harvest has been developed by Dave Wall of Wall Grain and Calvin Boisjoli from GrainX. The two have worked grain bin management for more than 20 years. Harvest sooner Tough grain is canola at 12 percent and cereals at 17 to 18 percent. Harvesting early […] Read more

There are ways to hydrate dry grain before shipping, some legitimate and some less so. | File photo

Can you add value to your grain with a garden hose?

Watering grain to increase moisture levels at sale is illegal but few farmers seem to know the specifics

Editor’s note: This story contains information that describes illegal and market damaging activities and in no way should be considered practices that producers should undertake under any circumstances. The adulteration of food products is an unsafe act and against Canadian law. For a related story about the regulations click here. Shipping canola at eight percent […] Read more

Adding moisture to grain to bring it up to optimum weight is technically illegal, but… | File photo

Watering grain jeopardizes quality and reputation

Everyone seems to know hydrating grain is illegal but few seem to know what the law says or how strictly it is enforced, if at all. “If you’re found to be knowingly watering grain out of a hose, you could likely be found to be in contravention of the Canada Grain Act,” said Derek Bunkowsky, […] Read more

According to SaskPower, seeding is one of the most dangerous times of the year for accidents involving electrical lines. | File photo

SaskPower urges caution when moving equipment

Saskatchewan’s publicly owned electrical company is reminding farmers and farm workers to look up and live when moving augers and other grain handling and farm equipment. SaskPower said working around overhead power lines without proper care and attention can result in serious injury or even death. Each year in Saskatchewan, more than 300 incidents occur […] Read more