Fluctuating temperatures mean unstable storage

March 17, 2016 - Issue 3

Swings from cold to warm temperatures this time of year can increase the storage risk for canola. Warm exterior temperatures and cooler canola will increase the rate of moisture migration inside the bin. Please check your bins.

Warmer temperatures can also soften the ground, stranding bags and some bins for weeks until the ground firms up again. If snow is melting and surface soil moisture is thawing, this may be the last chance to get at some bags and bins for some time.

What to do if bins are at risk…

Transfer canola from one bin to another. Feel and smell the canola as it comes out of the bin. If canola has started to spoil, start looking for delivery options. Many of the companies on this list will buy heated canola.

Further reading:

Top 10 risky situations for canola storage
Canola Encyclopedia chapter on storage

Canola Watch