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  • Blowing cold air through canola bins

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    As we exit the winter period of really cold days, growers may wonder whether running fans on cold days to substantially drop the temperature of stored canola is worthwhile? This is not a researched scenario, but we asked grain storage researcher Joy Agnew of PAMI for her thoughts.

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  • Time for a mid-winter bin check

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    Extended moments of warmer weather in winter can increase air and moisture movement inside bins. Put a priority on canola with moisture above 8% or higher dockage or green seed levels but take a moment to check in on all bins.

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  • Storage: Hot canola is at risk

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    Canola binned hot, even if it has low moisture, low dockage and low green, should still be put on aeration. This will even out the temperature throughout the bin and help remove moisture from respiring seed. Even at low moisture, convection currents within the bin could concentrate this moisture. For safe, long-term storage, canola should be conditioned with aeration to less than 8% moisture and cooled to 15°C or less.

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  • Insects in spring-harvested canola

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    Some farmers harvesting crops this spring have noticed higher numbers of insects in their samples. These are primarily seed-eating carabid beetles and fungus-eating beetles (shown above).

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  • Wildlife go for grain bags

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    Hungry wildlife may have discovered your grain bags and opened them up for a snack. With the ground still frozen, it may be a good time to empty bags if wildlife damage is evident and spoilage is likely.

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  • Check for spoilage

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    This is steam coming off canola heating due to high moisture. This was not a welcome sight for the grower.

    Steam coming out of bin doors or snow melting off one bin while remaining on others is a quick clue — but don’t use these as your only indicators! Spoilage usually starts small. Even with temperature cables, start points are not always detected until some of the grain is already damaged.

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  • Keep an eye on bags, patch holes

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    A clump of spoiled canola from the U of M's bag storage study. This canola went into the bag at 12% moisture. Credit: Angela Brackenreed

    If leaving bags for the winter, watch them regularly. Feel them for warm temperatures. Probe them if possible. Tape up any holes that may occur due to wildlife or any other damage. Spoilage in bags often starts around holes.

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  • What to do with high-moisture canola?

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    Canola harvested tough or damp can be quite volatile in storage. While cool temperature can reduce the risk significantly, keeping the whole bin consistently cool until delivery can be a challenge and a risk. These steps will help improve conditioning results and reduce risk….

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  • ALERT: Canola is heating!

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    Heated canola, the brown burned seeds, mean an immediate downgrade.

    Delivery points report a spike in heated canola. Check all canola bins as soon as possible.

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  • Alert: What to do with high moisture canola?

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    Weather is finally allowing for some harvest to resume across the Prairies, but the concern now is how to handle canola will undoubtedly come off very tough, or damp. Try to make a plan prior to taking it off the field, as even at low temperatures the bulk will likely be quite volatile. Spoilage can occur rapidly. These steps will help improve conditioning results and reduce risk:

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