Producers must monitor grain bins as temperature warms

A large temperature difference between stored grain and the ambient temperature can cause problems for stored grain, but growers need to be careful how they equalize it. When the temperature warms in the spring and summer, growers with temperature cables in their bins should be monitoring them weekly or biweekly. When temperature differences along the […] Read more

Keeping the lid on grain drying temperatures is critical

Growers should play it safe and not surpass recommended drying temperatures because it can be difficult to tell if grain has been damaged from overheating. “If you have too high a temperature and the grain is exposed to it for too long you will not necessarily see it. The only way you will pick that […] Read more

The Danuser MegaMixer handles grain and a lot more, including gravel and bedding.  |  Danuser photo

Feeding with a bucket takes on a new meaning

Adding a hydraulic auger to a front end loader bucket design was a start, adding variable rates and gates finished it

Small cattle operators and growers who need to mix soil for smaller vegetable beds may be interested in the some of the updates Danuser made to its material handling bucket. The Mega Mixer was designed to scoop, mix and dispense material from livestock feed grain to concrete. Mike Willis of Danuser said the company sells […] Read more


GSI’s Flexwave uses a pair of polyester bladders to move the last of the bin out.  |  GSI photo

Thinking about your bladder in the bin changes

GSI’s Z Series grain storage bins use inflatable bladders that make cleanout a breeze. “It eliminates the need for any kind of sweep augers or paddle sweeps or any kind of sweeping mechanism inside of a flat bottom bin system,” said Jarod Wendt of GSI. “During the typical unload, you can still open up the […] Read more

Conventional seed cleaning plants say efficiency of the overall facility improves by 10 percent with the additional of an optical sorter. The sorters are now used by organic growers wanting to remove weeds and chaff from grain and also by farmers with identity preserved contracts who want the best possible samples.  |  Nexseed photo

Optical sorters: higher volume, greater accuracy

Optical colour sorters have been employed in the delicate task of kicking bad seeds out of high-value pulse crops for about two decades. But now they do so much more. “The technology has really advanced in the past five years. They’re bigger and they handle more volume faster than before. The hardware and software are […] Read more


Summer is a dangerous time for grain in the bin, especially canola. And China’s recent rejection of Canadian canola imports seems likely to keep that canola binned up tight, where it’s at a high risk of heating. 
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Don’t let trade disruptions ruin your canola

Summer is a dangerous time for grain in the bin, especially canola. And China’s recent rejection of Canadian canola imports seems likely to keep that canola binned up tight, where it’s at a high risk of heating. Some farmers have finished seeding and are preparing for spraying. Others have lots of seed to put in […] Read more

Farmers urged to heed grain sensor readings

On March 14, the recorded temperature of peas in this Saskatchewan hopper bottom bin was -8 C. By May 9, just 54 days later, the Bin-Sense readout had escalated to 48 C. That’s a jump of 56 C in just 54 days. The yellow peas went into the bin at 14 percent moisture and 9 […] Read more

Forsberg’s natural frequency conveyor uses a repetitive shaking motion to gently move grain along to the discharge end. Optional screens can be used to scalp off straw and material larger than the grain. | Can-Seed photo

Specialty grain gear makes clean routine

Many seed- and grain-processing plants recently built in Western Canada, including pea fractionation facilities, use equipment from Saskatoon-based Can-Seed Equipment. Several of the company’s offerings wouldn’t suit the grain-handling needs of the typical prairie grain farm. However, some of the equipment can fill important roles on grain farms. For instance, Forsberg’s natural frequency conveyors offer […] Read more



A house at Yorkton, Sask., defeats winter with very low heating costs. The Canadian Dome Industries building has comparable construction expenses to other types of structures, but will out-perform other buildings when it comes to heating, cooling and maintenance.  |  Canadian Dome Industries photo

Dome on the range: oblate ellipses efficient

Buildings in the round can deliver lower operating costs and reduce risk to perils from weather and fire


Domes are all backward. The insulation is on the outside, the concrete is inside. The forms stay in place forever. Dome buildings are an example where form is functional. “The look of the dome is different. But so are the benefits,” said Andrew Trapp of Canadian Dome Industries in Saskatoon. Virtually fire and weather proof, […] Read more