Propane and natural gas are used to dry grain. A wet 2019 harvest resulted in producers complaining they had no option but to pay the carbon costs that come with grain drying. | Twitter/@Adam_Pukalo photo

MP defends grain drying bill at committee

A bill offering financial relief from carbon pricing for farmers drying grain recently came before a parliamentary committee. On March 9, MPs sitting on the standing committee on agriculture had a chance to question the bill’s creator, Conservative MP Philip Lawrence. The proposed law reached committee after receiving support from each party outside of the […] Read more

Carr reiterated agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau's encouraging words about mitigating the impact of the federal carbon tax on grain drying, but spoke more forcefully about it. | File photo

Farmers reassured on grain drying costs

More prairie people are needed at the centre of the federal government, Jim Carr told the Canadian Crops Convention March 3. And with everything that society has learned from the trend toward working remotely during the pandemic, that’s more possible than ever to make real. “I think there are going to be some significant changes […] Read more

In her address during CropConnect in Winnipeg, federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau mentioned the grain drying issue, but made no promises or commitments about carbon tax relief. | Twitter/@Adam_Pukalo photo

Pressure mounts on feds to cut carbon tax for farm use

Pressure continues to build on the federal government to remove the carbon tax on grain drying. The issue has been building on Parliament Hill and haunts federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau as she visits farm events across the country. “I definitely recognize that 2019 has been a very, very difficult year because of the weather, […] Read more


The Efficient Grain Dryer Program is designed to help cover costs for improvements to grain dryers with an eye on energy efficiency. The program is retroactive to April 1, 2018, and $2 million has been earmarked for farmers. Program funding will be 50 percent of eligible expenses. | File photo

More details available on Alta. grain dryer program

Alberta farmers seeking to make grain dryer improvements will have access to funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The Efficient Grain Dryer Program is designed to help cover costs for improvements to grain dryers with an eye on energy efficiency. The program is retroactive to April 1, 2018, and $2 million has been earmarked for […] Read more

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and Economic Development Minister Mélanie Joly met with rural and urban leaders to discuss solutions to economic woes in western Canada. | Jeremy Simes photo

Compensation urged for carbon tax costs from grain drying

LEDUC, Alta. — Rural and urban municipal leaders want the federal government to compensate or rebate farmers for costs incurred from the carbon tax, hoping western Canadian economic concerns will be addressed in the upcoming budget. Meeting in Leduc Feb 10. to discuss solutions, leaders representing the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Western Economic Solutions Taskforce […] Read more


With many producers upgrading their systems this year, more used dryers are on the market, but some are decades old and look rather scary. The time to buy a used dryer is after a couple years without prolonged harvests. | File photo

Wet harvest makes producers look at grain drying

The 2019 harvest from hell has many producers assessing their grain drying capability. This includes upgrading current systems to add capacity and automation, while for others this means a first foray into grain drying equipment. In some regions, grain drying is a fact of life for most harvests. In other regions, there will be years […] Read more

While the federal carbon price offers relief for gasoline and light fuel oil costs used in tractors and trucks, there is no exemption for grain drying or heating. | File photo

Carbon tax raises grain drying costs: farmers

Producers say the rebates offered by the federal government won’t fully cover the costs that they have to pay

Farmers struggling to get their crops harvested in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta will also pay more for drying those crops, thanks to the federal carbon levy. While the federal carbon price offers relief for gasoline and light fuel oil costs used in tractors and trucks, there is no exemption for grain drying or heating. The […] Read more

The extraordinarily wet spring delayed planting, and a waterlogged fall delayed harvesting and produced wet crops. That caused a surge in propane demand among crop farmers, even as livestock producers are buying to keep their barns warm and rural homeowners try to heat their homes - all of which is straining aging infrastructure used to deliver that fuel. And keeping people and animals warm takes precedence over grain drying. | File photo

High demand for propane challenging U.S. farmers

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 […] Read more


The basic principle behind natural air grain drying is that warm ambient air, when forced through stored grain, will absorb moisture as it moves though the grain mass.  |  File photo

Is natural air drying right for your bins?

Using forced natural air to dry tough grain is a bit like farming. There’s never a guarantee of success but a little bit of know-how can go a long way. John Ippolito, a regional crop specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture, says there are several factors that determine whether forced natural air has the ability to remove […] Read more

Going Wilde with in-the-bin aeration drying

Going Wilde with in-the-bin aeration drying

Producer designs gauge to provide real time readout of flow rate while drying grain with an aeration fan

BRANDON — If you don’t know the airflow rate in a bin, you have no idea whether in-bin aeration drying is working. The result could be a bin full of spoiled grain. If you have real-time airflow readouts as you’re augering in, you can fill to the optimal level to get good drying with any […] Read more