Storage tips

  • 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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  • Still lots of green? It might not clear

    Storage tips

    Canola that still has a lot of green seed might not de-green that much further. Green may have been locked in by frost and if more de-greening was possible, it probably should have happened already with the moisture over the past two weeks. When good harvest opportunities arise, the best bet at this stage of the season is probably to get that canola in the bin.

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  • Canola Watch quiz – Aeration fans

    Storage tips

    Three quick questions to help you determine if your aeration fans can do the job.

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  • Tips for drying tough and damp canola

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    With prospects for a lot of tough canola coming off once harvest picks up again, farmers will want a plan for how they’ll handle it. When adding heat to an aeration system, the general recommendation for this method is to increase air temperature to no more than 15-20°C. PAMI storage researcher Joy Agnew notes: “Hotter is NOT always better when using natural air drying with heat. You must match heat addition with your fan capacity. The more cubic feet per minute the fan blows, the more heat you can add.”

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  • Storage: When to turn on the fan?

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    Aeration fans should be started as soon as the canola covers the floor of the bin, so that immediate cooling can take place. Fans must be operated continuously until the temperature of the canola is near the average outside temperature.

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  • Put canola on aeration immediately after combining

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    Ideally, growers will want to put canola on aeration as soon as it comes off the field. Cooling hot grain within the first 24 hours is important for safe long-term storage. Removing moisture that sweats from all canola — but especially tough canola (10-12% moisture) — is also important. Conditioning achieves both of these steps. […]

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  • BeGrainSafe: Maintain a strict “bin entry” procedure

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    The best move is to stay out of bins while they’re being filled or emptied. Usually the only time a person feels the need to enter a bin is if grain is bridged or crusted. This can be a very dangerous situation, especially if a wall of grain is released and buries a person. CASA provides these bin-entry basics….

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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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  • Tough or damp canola: Storage risk

    Storage tips

    Canola harvested at 15% moisture may not last long in storage before spoilage begins. How long is hard to predict. If warm, spoilage could start within a matter of days. If stored cool or cold, canola may last longer without spoilage, but this bin will become very unstable with any stretch of warm weather.

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  • Slow harvest and storage risk

    Storage tips

    When harvest is slowed by rainy, cool days, combining often occurs in short spurts. In those spurts, the first and last loads of the day are often tough. This can mean an increased storage risk. Condition these bins with aeration to even out moisture and temperature. Consider filling bins to only two-thirds capacity to allow for improved air flow.

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