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“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.

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:      pami@pami.ca — “March 20 Event” in subject line
or phone:     1.800.567.7264
or text:         306.370.2475

PAMI Supporting NRCan’s Energy Innovation Program

The Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) can support applicants of the Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) Energy Innovation Program (EIP) by providing research and development (R&D) services, conducting demonstration projects, and front-end engineering design (FEED) studies.

THE ENERGY INNOVATION PROGRAM

The Government of Canada has made a strong commitment to energy technology innovation that reduces greenhouse gas emissions by generating and using energy cleanly and efficiently. To support that commitment, NRCan has a call for proposals under the Energy Innovation Program (EIP) in the following strategic areas:biosgas_pic

  • Renewable, smart grid and storage systems
  • Reducing diesel use by industrial operations in northern and remote communities
  • Addressing emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the building sector
  • Carbon capture, use, and storage
  • Improving industrial efficiency

The final date for submissions is October 31, 2016. Specific program details can be found at NRCan’s website.

PAMI’S COMMITMENT TO CLEAN ENERGY

PAMI’s Applied Bioenergy Centre works with NRCan, the agricultural community, and academia to develop bioenergy sources and advance new and existing mechanical technologies to harvest, process, densify, and convert biomass into energy. Past collaborations involved

  • anaerobic digestion,
  • biomass densification, yield trials, and life cycle logistic studies,
  • demonstration of pilot-scale plants, and
  • verification of new technologies.

COLLABORATING WITH PAMI

Should EIP applicants require engineering and biosystem support, PAMI’s key capabilities include

  • project management,
  • multi discipline engineering – technical readiness levels 2 – 9,
  • biosystems research,
  • technology testing and demonstration, and
  • economic analysis.

If you are interested in collaborating with PAMI on your EIP application or any bioenergy or bioproduct related project, please contact Dr. Joy Agnew (jagnew@pami.ca) or 1-800-567-7624 ext 280.

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