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The PAMI telephone system in Humboldt, Sk will be unavailable Wednesday, January 17 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. CST.

The PAMI telephone system in Humboldt, Sk will be unavailable Wednesday, January 17 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. CST. If you require assistance, please email or a member of our service team directly:


We are upgrading our phone systems to better serve you. Thank you for your patience.

PAMI machinery experts are at the Crop Production Show in Saskatoon, SK January 8 to 11.

Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) agricultural machinery experts are at the Crop Production Show in Saskatoon, SK January 8 to 11. Media interviews available upon request. Click here for the Media Advisory

PAMI Working To Improve Pulse Crop Storage And Profitability

As the tonnage, and value, of pulse crops grows, so does the need for better information to help producers protect their investment when the grain is in the bin. It is a knowledge gap Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) is working to fill with a two-year study into the management of stored pulses.



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The PAMI Reports Fall / Winter 2017 Edition

PAMI Reports Fall / Winter 2017 edition is here!  To request a printed copy, email


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We can help you access support from the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP)

The National Research Council’s (NRC) Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) promotes the development, adaption and/or adoption of technology by innovative Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). PAMI has established an agreement with IRAP to help Canadian SMEs access scientific, technical and business advice, and short-term technical services in support of advancing research and development activities.  Under this agreement, SMEs may access up to $7,500 in funding to assist in product and process development activities, and product commercialization efforts.  This will help SMEs streamline product development, expand innovation capacities, and enhance their ability to compete locally, nationally, and globally. SME’s may be eligible for the project if they are incorporated, for profit, have less than 500 employees, and are located in Canada.  Click here to learn more.

Contact us for details!

Visit us at the AMC Convention and Trade Show November 29 to December 1 in Saskatoon, Sk.

Visit us at the AMC Convention and Trade Show November 29 to December 1 in Saskatoon, Sk. PAMI & WESTEST representatives will be on-hand to answer all your machinery-related questions.


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PAMI is hosting Western Economic Diversification WINN Information Session.

CALLING SMEs! PAMI is hosting Western Economic Diversification WINN Information Session Thursday, November 9 @ 10 a.m. at Humboldt, SK Head Office. Register here:

Do you own a Massey Ferguson TO35, 35, 130, 135, 150, 230, or 235 tractor with NO roll over protection system (ROPS)? We want to hear from you!

PAMI is piloting a low-cost ROPS safety project. Here’s how it works:

1. PAMI provides you engineered drawings
2. You build the ROPS according to the specifications
3. PAMI tests the ROPS on our state-of-the-art equipment
4. If it passes, you build another ROPS to install on your tractor

Here’s what you get:
1. Money for materials
2. Money for some labour costs
3. Engineered-approved ROPS installed on your tractor
4. A safer tractor that protects you in case of roll-over

Check out the CCHSA – PAMI ROPS video!

Interested? Contact us today!


Combine Seed Loss Guide

Combine Seed Loss Guide

A method for determining seed loss from your combine based on weight, volume, or seed count with choppers and spreaders disengaged.

Developed by PAMI and Canola Council of Canada.

PAMI Advises Managing Grain In The Bin Carefully Even In Warm Harvest Weather

HUMBOLDT—This fall’s warm, dry weather forecast is a boon for producers but a researcher at Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) cautions that grain has to be managed as intensively when it is stored in the bin as when it is being seeded and harvested.

Dr. Joy Agnew, project manager with PAMI Agricultural Research Services, said to minimize the risk of spoilage, both grain temperature and grain moisture content need to be controlled in the bin. “Even if the moisture content is considered dry, all grain must be cooled to 15°C or lower to maintain good storage conditions.”

Cooling grain is as simple as blowing air through it, said Agnew. Low airflow rates, around 0.1 to 0.2 cubic feet per minute (CFM) per bushel, are sufficient for cooling, provided the ambient air is cooler than the grain. “There may be some benefit to turning off the fan during the heat of the day, but as long as the ambient air temperature is even a few degrees lower than the grain, the fan should be running,” she advised.

It could take weeks before spoilage in hot, dry grain is noticed so Agnew suggests cooling the grain as soon as possible after binning. Although the target temperature is 15°C, Agnew encouraged producers to take advantage of any cool autumn air to reduce the average grain temperature to 5°C or lower.

“Fortunately, most bins are equipped with a fan and ducting systems that are well suited for aeration and temperature control,” she said. “The challenge comes when grain needs to be dried because natural air drying (NAD) requires a higher airflow rate—0.5-1 cfm/bu—and it is difficult to achieve these airflow rates with large grain depths.”

Selecting the right sized fan can be difficult and complicated, she admitted, “but an improperly sized fan could put the entire bin at risk of spoiling.” To help with the process, Agnew has produced a video entitled Selecting Fans for Grain Conditioning and Natural Air Drying that can be found here.

Agnew said it is important to remember airflow can be impeded when layers of grain in the bin are not uniform. With big bins, there is a higher chance it will contain grain from different fields harvested on different days with varying moisture content, different levels of maturity or different amounts of foreign material.

How the bin is filled is also important. “Central versus eccentric filling, loading from multiple ports and using grain spreaders and other devices will affect the uniformity of the grain properties and, just like variations in grain layers, can adversely affect the uniformity of airflow,” she said. “In real life, the grain mass is almost certainly not uniform, so airflow rates and uniformity are not well predicted or understood.”

Agnew said more research is needed into the effectiveness and economics of large bin grain storage to ensure producers are able to manage their crops after harvest with much less risk of loss.