Monthly Archives: March 2017

“Leave it alone” is best for summer canola storage in bins

Not turning or aerating canola in bins during the summer months may be the best approach in reducing the risk of spoilage if canola was cool and dry when it went in the bin, according to research conducted by a team of agricultural scientists from Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI).

“Over the course of two separate studies conducted in 2014 and 2016, we found little to no risk of spoilage when canola was just left alone provided it was cool and dry at the start of spring,” says Dr. Joy Agnew, Research Scientist – Agriculture & Bio-Products, PAMI.

Producers are storing increasingly more canola in bins during the summer months due in part to year-round delivery contracts, growth in market and production, and increased bin capacity. Determining the best management practices to maintain proper temperature and moisture in the bins during the prairies’ hottest months spurred new questions from producers, which initiated this research. This most recent project was funded by Government of Saskatchewan – Ministry of Agriculture’s Agriculture Development Fund under the federal-provincial Growing Forward 2 program, Canola Council of Canada, Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission, Alberta Canola Producers Commission, and Manitoba Canola Growers.

Agnew and her team compared three common approaches to managing bin temperature and moisture: leaving it alone, no handling; aerating, forcing air through the bin; and turning, removing the canola from the bin and putting it back to redistribute cold or warm spots. They then monitored the temperature during June, July and August in three 3,500 bushel bins at one location using unique sensors installed inside the bin. They also intermittently monitored five additional bins at different locations using temperature sensing probes to collect data from a wider range of bin sizes and initial grain conditions.

“While this research does suggest less canola handling is better, it is still very important producers monitor the temperatures and moisture in their bins, particularly in the spring and summer when temperature differences are most likely to occur,” she says. “There are many variables that can affect the temperature and moisture in the bins, and producers must monitor the grain conditions on a regular basis.”

For a report summary and the complete research report, click here.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship Position – Forage Agronomy

The Western Beef Development Centre (WBDC) is seeking a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the discipline of Forage Agronomy for a three year term (2017 to 2020).

Position: Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship Position – Forage Agronomy

Term:  One year term (possibility of being renewable for up to three years).

Location:  Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Lanigan, Saskatchewan

The Company:
The WBDC, located in Lanigan, Saskatchewan, plays a unique and vital role in the development of the Western Canadian cattle industry. As a link between “the lab and the land”, WBDC communicates directly with the research community and the cattle industry. Practical and applicable research is used to provide technologies that enable producers to become increasingly competitive in today’s marketplace.

In April of 2018, the WBDC and this position will transition into a part of the newly formed Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE) at Clavett, Saskatchewan, which is a division of the University of Saskatchewan. It will bring together all aspects of beef cattle research into one entity, providing researchers, faculty, students, industry and producers with a broad-based platform for research, teaching and extension activities. The LFCE will promote new research links and synergies across the commercial supply chain. The Centre will be a leader in developing research, teaching and technology transfer programs that provide the livestock and forage industries of Saskatchewan and Canada with new tools and techniques for healthy, sustainable and competitive growth.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Under the supervision of a senior PhD research scientist, this researcher will develop and conduct research in topics relevant to the Western Canadian cow/calf industry to improve forage production in grazing and preserved forage systems, improve forage quality and livestock productivity and ensuring the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of forage/livestock systems.

The candidate will be required to develop applicable collaborative research grants based on  the industry needs and latest applicable research, to develop research protocols, manage projects, conduct field experiments, collect and analyze scientific data, interpret and communicate results to a diverse audience, as well as scientific and technical writing, publishing and presentation to the public.

The candidate could reside in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to offer close proximity to colleague scientists at the University of Saskatchewan and being able to drive to the field locations in approximately 1 hour.

Candidates must hold a recent PhD (within 5 years) in an appropriate scientific discipline (such as Plant Science, Agronomy, Range Management, or Animal Science) and be capable of supervising students, technicians and collaborators. The candidate will be required to work outdoors during the field season and must possess a valid Canadian driver’s license. Strong written and oral communication skills in the English language are essential.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary is in the range of $40,000 to $65,000 depending on qualifications and experience. An excellent benefits program is also available.

Applications Close:
Until position is successfully filled. Applications will be screened initially in early April. Screening of applications will continue until position is successfully filled..

Submit a covering letter stating how your background and qualifications match the position , a full curriculum vitae (CV) detailing your education, awards, publications, research experience, etc. and at least two letters of reference via E-mail to:

Jim Wassermann, P. Eng.
General Manager
Western Beef Development Centre
Box 1150
Humboldt, SK.
S0K 2A0

PAMI Open House & Tour

Your FUTURE is right here!

Monday, March 20, 6:30 to 8:30 PM

@Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute, Humboldt, SK

PAMI will hold a special student event to educate youth about the exciting work they do right in the heart of Saskatchewan – from research and development work in the mining industry to military and defence projects to agricultural machinery testing and improvement, bio-research, and crop research. The global market is on our doorstep and no problem is too big or too difficult! Consider a stimulating, cutting-edge career with the bright and innovative minds at PAMI!

Free pizza! Free ride from Saskatoon!

Click here for the poster!

Bus leaving Saskatoon at 5:30 PM
Pizza supper @6:30
Tours of facility and work stations
Bus leaves for Saskatoon @8:30

Please register by March 15
via email: — “March 20 Event” in subject line
or phone:     1.800.567.7264
or text:         306.370.2475