Storage tips

  • Bins are excellent marketing tools…as long as canola is safe

    Storage tips

    On-farm storage capacity allows farmers to sit on more of their grain and wait for better market prices, but this advantage falls apart if the crop spoils in the meantime. The best thing is to check all bins.

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  • Is your stored canola OK?

    Storage tips

    Reports of heated canola have trickled through all winter. High moisture seed and dockage, as well as green seed can increase the storage risk for canola. Please check bins. If they are at risk, farmers can take advantage of colder days to aerate or turn the bins by removing a few loads and putting them back on top.

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  • “Damp” canola may not be safe, even if cold

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    Freezing tough or damp canola by running cold air through the bin can be a short-term storage solution for canola that couldn’t get dried before winter…but check that canola regularly. This is not as safe as you might think.

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  • Green seed – Common questions

    Storage tips

    Answers for: What causes high green? Why is green seed a problem for processors? Why does green increase storage risk? And more

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  • Bin sensor shows rising temperature. What to do?

    Storage tips

    ANY unexpected rise in temperature should be a clear signal that action is required. Once an area starts to warm up, the reaction has started and the canola will probably just get hotter and hotter until spoilage starts. Then spoilage will spread until the whole bin is damaged.

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  • Bin safety tips: Stay out

    Storage tips

    High moisture harvest means steady action around the bins – with oversight of dryers, aeration fans, latches, hatches, augers and trucks. The best advice is to stay out of the bins entirely and keeps all guards and shields in place – just in case.

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  • Tips for drying tough and damp canola

    Storage tips

    The ideal goal for safe long-term storage is to have canola rest in the bin at 8% moisture and less than 15°C. All canola should be conditioned after it goes into the bin. For tough and damp canola, the spoilage risk is much higher. Here are some tips to manage that tough or damp canola.

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  • Factors that elevate storage risk

    Storage tips

    Moisture creates a more hospitable environment for moulds that trigger heating. Clumping is a sign of mould growth. Storage research found that canola seeds at 25°C and 10.6% moisture clumped together after 11 days and visible mould colonies appeared after 21 days.

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  • Timely storage tips

    Storage tips

    Tips for…Identifying storage risks, Drying tough and damp canola, Aeration in large bins.

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  • Storage risks: Canola binned hot

    Storage tips

    With a couple of surprisingly hot days, canola harvested in those conditions may have gone into the bin at a high-risk temperature.

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  • Questions about handling high-moisture canola

    Storage tips

    Canola harvested at 12.5% moisture (tough) or 15% moisture (damp) may not last long in storage before spoilage begins. How long it lasts is hard to predict. Here are answers to some common questions.

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  • Summer storage of canola

    Storage tips

    PAMI studies have shown that leaving the canola alone resulted in the most stable and favourable storage conditions throughout the summer months, provided the canola is dry (<10 per cent moisture content) and uniformly frozen (to <-5°C) going into the spring months.

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  • Changing weather means moisture movement in bins

    Storage tips

    As temperatures shift from frigid to mild, warming of grain at the outside edges of bins will trigger new movement of moisture throughout the grain. This could increase the spoilage risk for grain stored tough.

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  • Time for a mid-winter bin check

    Storage tips

    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, all of which were more common after harvest 2018.

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  • Questions about handling high-moisture canola

    Storage tips

    What moisture level is too high to combine canola?
    How to prepare to handle high-moisture canola?
    How long can you store damp canola (>12.5% moisture)?
    How to reduce storage risk for high-moisture canola?
    How to add supplemental heat?
    How to estimate airflow rate (cfm/bu) through a bin?

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