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A new in-depth study of grain drying systems, costs, and practices aims to help farmers save money.

Study aims to get a grip on pricey grain drying costs

Tens of millions are spent on grain conditioning in wet years but data on how to trim that cost is lacking

Alberta farmers learned the hard way last fall that wet harvests go hand in hand with grain drying — and the costs that come with that. But Alberta’s main crop commissions are looking for ways to trim those costs as harvests trend later and the need to condition grain goes up. “There has been an […] Read more


Grain drying study needs volunteers

Farmer volunteers are needed for a grain conditioning study being conducted by Team Alberta (the province’s wheat, barley, canola, and pulse commissions). The study will collect data on energy consumption and efficiency of grain drying and conditioning systems. Its findings will provide information for farmers regarding efficiencies; implementation or expansion of grain conditioning systems; and […] Read more

Stored grain has to be both cool and dry to minimize the risk of spoilage.

Drying grain may become the norm as harvests trend later

Natural air drying with supplemental heat hasn’t caught on in Alberta yet, but it soon could

Alberta farmers may need to get used to leaving grain in the field at harvest. “Harvest might be starting earlier, but poor weather during the harvest season is slowing down that last little bit of harvest, and there’s more and more crop being left in the field in October,” said Joy Agnew, program manager at […] Read more


Producers can request a tax rebate if they have been charged a tax on propane for on-farm use such as grain drying.

Rebates on fuel taxes and the carbon levy

Most producers know about the fuel tax exemption on farm gasoline and diesel, but may be confused when it comes to propane, says provincial crop specialist Neil Blue. Only motive propane (used for vehicles) should have the 9.4-cent-per-litre Alberta fuel tax on it. If producers have been charged that tax for an on-farm use (such […] Read more

Storage problems can start almost as soon as grain is loaded into bins.

Keep ‘unpleasant surprises’ out of your grain bins this fall

Don’t neglect the basics when storing grain or oilseeds, 
says provincial crop specialist

A little preparation prior to harvesting can ensure worry-free winter crop storage, says a provincial crop specialist. “Warm or wet conditions at harvest and multi-staged crops are potential ingredients for storage problems,” said Harry Brook. “Take the time to monitor the stored grain’s condition and cool those bins down. Don’t get an unpleasant surprise when […] Read more


As the temperatures fall, the chance of spoilage goes up if you’re not keeping a close eye on canola in the bin.

Don’t gamble by not aerating your canola

Uneven maturity means there’s more green seed this year, and that ups the risk of spoilage

You can lose a lot of money in a hurry, so watch for potential canola storage problems as fall transitions into early winter, says a provincial crop specialist. “Canola seed’s high oil content makes it very susceptible to deterioration in storage,” said Neil Whatley. “Safe, long-term canola storage is at or below eight per cent […] Read more

Producers risk their whole bin when they overload their grain, says Ryan Braun of OPI.

When storing grain, remember to SLAM

Paying attention to sanitation, loading, aeration, and monitoring is key to avoiding storage problems

This fall when you’re preparing your grain for storage, all you need to do is remember to SLAM. That’s short for sanitation, loading, aeration, and monitoring. The first step — removing any dust or debris from your bins before harvest — is “obviously important,” said Ryan Braun, Canadian sales manager for OPI, a grain storage […] Read more