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Due to the shift to larger bins, a lot of farms don’t have adequate power to have fans big enough to move adequate air, says a Canola Council of Canada expert.

Explore your options for heating and grain drying infrastructure

Experts advise farmers to consider the economics and benefits and to plan ahead, plus tips on airflow and spoilage prevention

Last year’s cold, wet harvest conditions proved a challenging test for many Prairie producers, both during harvest and once grain was in the bin. Even in a good year, effective fan technology is critical to successful storage. Last year, many farmers with heating and drying infrastructure and grain bin monitoring technologies were able to take […] Read more



“You don’t have to have many crops that you can’t take off the fields because you don’t have the grain-handling capacity before a system will pay for itself.

Forward thinking your grain storage plan

A Manitoba farmer was forced after a fire to rebuild his grain-handling yard. Here’s what he learned about planning for the future

When Manitoba farmer Brad Fehr, his father, Willie, and his sons, Mitch and Kent, installed four new 50,000-bushel-capacity bins in 2015, they figured they were well set up for grain handling into the foreseeable future. What they didn’t anticipate was just two years later their 38-year-old grain dryer caught fire halfway through harvest, forcing them […] Read more




We marked out a circle on the ground to make sure the first few sheets were set out in the right shape.

Our last minute grain storage solution

Mid-way through this year’s harvest, we set up two 9,600-bushel temporary grain bins

Midway through this year’s harvest, we began to realize that we were likely going to run out of storage space before the terminal called in the canola we had under contract. There wasn’t time to buy a “real” bin and move it in. Since we don’t have a grain bagger, we talked to the neighbours […] Read more


It can take four to six weeks for freshly-harvested canola to go into a dormant state in storage.

On-farm storage and canola grain quality

Control what you can, and take steps to manage the rest

When it comes to your on-farm storage and maintaining canola grain quality, there are some elements you can control — and others you can’t. One area you can influence is the original condition of the canola seed going into your bins. Swathing at the correct stage or straight-cutting will help minimize many of the quality […] Read more

Get the most from your grain bags

Try these three tips to get the most from your grain bag storage this harvest season

Many Western Canadian producers are turning to grain bags either as a backup to bin storage or a logistical solution during the busy harvest season. According to Dave Nelson, senior vice-president of sales for Loftness, there are a host of reasons why producers might want to consider grain bagging. “When all of the bins on […] Read more



China to subsidize grain transportation, storage

Beijing | Reuters — China plans to subsidize grain transportation and storage facilities in the latest push by Beijing to modernize the world’s largest agriculture sector. Beijing will subsidize projects upgrading or building facilities to load and receive grains along main railways and ports for major waterways including the Yangtze and Pearl rivers, a document […] Read more