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

The NutriScan reading soil in the field.  |  NutriScan photo

Putting it all on the bench and in the field

Chemical, biological and physical soil properties vary considerably in space and time, and they need to be closely monitored to have the best chance at a good fertilizer response. So it’s not surprising that so much energy is devoted to developing new products and techniques that assist fertility programs, considering the eye-popping amount of money […] Read more

MegaDome Structures have a variety of designs. Frames are pre-galvanizing tubing, welded with non-corroding silicon-broze welding and are then hot-dipped for 25 year protection. Cost per square foot runs from $10 to $15 depending on specific requirements. |  MegaDome photo

Can fabric take the place of steel?

If you didn’t make it out to Ag In Motion to check out the latest fabric-covered buildings in person, we’re bringing you the information now, in this Special Section. Canvas-covered structures, known as tents many years ago, have been seen on the Prairies for more than four decades. In that time, emerging technology left the […] Read more


The biobed built by Farming Smarter uses a tank to hold rinsate, two stages, and a buried tank to hold the cleaned water. Plants are used in the two biobed stages to help monitor how active the herbicides are that are being broken down in the biobeds.  |  Farming Smarter photo

Biobeds help manage contaminated water

Micro-organisms in the biobed’s soil break down the chemicals and make water safe to discharge into the environment

Contaminated water from rinsing a pesticide container, called rinsate, is a problem on some farms. “I know stories where guys have been cleaning their sprayers out on a gravel pad for years and they don’t have any problem until there’s a big rainstorm, where you get six inches and then everything that has collected there […] Read more

The asset tracking devices offered by Rivercity Innovations are now available in LoRa-based technology. The company also offers a more encompassing IOT based monitoring system including environmental sensors. |  Rivercity Innovations photo

Security device now uses LoRa technology

Rivercity Innovations expanded its products and services with the help of LoRa technology. LoRa is a proprietary, low-power wide-area network modulation technique that’s used to communicate with internet of things (IOT) devices, especially in remote areas with poor cellular service. Rivercity Innovations first brought a product called BeeSecure to the market in 2018, which was […] Read more