Storage tips

  • 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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  • 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

    Storage tips

    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?

    Storage tips

    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

    Storage tips

    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

    Storage tips

    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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