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How to manage canola in storage after difficult harvest conditions

Tips from Canola Council of Canada storage experts to minimize spoilage

If you successfully maintained your stored crop in good condition through last winter and this spring, pat yourself on the back: last year’s harvest and storage conditions were about as challenging as they come. Due to terrible weather at harvest across much of the Canadian Prairies, a large percentage of harvested grain went into bins […] Read more



For all three setups, Chad Bown had the heater between the fan and the bin. This fan-heater-bin sequence is recommended for canola.

Turn up the heat on aeration fans when drying canola

Some growers grappling with a late harvest and high-moisture crops in 2016 added supplemental heaters to their aeration fans. This grower’s experience may inspire an upgrade to aeration setups for 2017

Things were a little off with Harvest 2016 and Chad Bown was desperate. The farmer from Ranfurly, Alta., was combining 14 per cent moisture canola in late November after a month or more of snow delays. Delivery locations were full, so on-farm storage was his only option. But aeration fans blowing cool air could not […] Read more

Adding heat to dry out grain in the bin

Supplemental heat can turn a poor drying day in November into a beautiful drying day, says Joy Agnew, who manages ag research services at Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI). “Even if it’s 100 per cent humidity outside and it’s cold, if you warm the air by 10 degrees, you cut the humidity by half. Now […] Read more


We find the taste of dehydrated tomatoes batter than canned ones.

Storing food for the winter — here’s what works for us

Our preferred methods are dehydrating the tomatoes and freezing the spaghetti squash

This past summer was definitely busy. We had the pleasure of hosting a seven-year-old and a nine-year-old boy from Alberta, and they helped watch our year-old grandson while his mom ran the post office. As I don’t like to use the water canner with young children underfoot, I used our dehydrator for the tomatoes. Really […] Read more

Desiccants will not speed up crop maturity. The general guideline is to apply at 30 per cent moisture.

Drying with desiccants in pulse crops

Desiccants can simplify pulse crop harvest and weed control, 
but make sure to read the label and know your MRLs

Given this year’s cool, wet spring, harvesting in a timely fashion might become a challenge. In pulse crops, desiccant use can be a critical component of harvest management to dry down any remaining green material in the field as well as deal with actively growing weeds. Dale Risula, Saskatchewan’s provincial special crops specialist, starts almost […] Read more