Storage
Proper potato storage is a high-tech proposition these days as growers attempt to store their crop longer while maintaining its quality to meet the dictates of a contract. Grandpa's old method of throwing the spuds in a cold room in the basement with the hope that enough would survive until…
It is new thinking in the way crops are harvested and it has been thought through: conceptually, practically and economically by the developer, McLeod Harvest. After five years of development and testing, the Winnipeg company is about to launch its concept with a limited number of machines to be sold…
Ken Fulcher couldn’t believe what he saw. Or rather, what he didn’t see. After opening the doors to a long-closed pea mill, Fulcher expected the old product to be crawling with insects. But after searching through the entire mill, nary an insect was seen. He and his staff analyzed the…
Over the last year, dozens of new models and designs of farm machinery have been introduced by manufacturers. Many of you will have seen these introductions at farm shows and in various industry announcements - but, can you remember the details? This feature provides a reference for you. Peter Darbishire,…
Grain storage bins are no place to be sloppy. Year-to-year sanitation, by cleaning out empty bins and treating with appropriate pest control products, as well as taking regular samples from full bins are all part of the diligence a producer should have. Infestations of insect pests or the development of…
With top-grade chickpeas worth around $0.26 per pound, keeping an eye on the chickpeas in the bin is not something to be taken lightly. The loss of a 4000 bushel bin can cost upwards of $62,000. “Chickpeas are expensive to grow and valuable in the bin. It would be a…
Keeping good quality corn in condition in storage doesn't just happen. Careful monitoring and adequate, timely aeration are necessary to maintain quality. Monitoring of bins should become a routine. Whether that should be done every month or six weeks is up to individual growers. There is a distinct possibility that…
Often potato growers rely on the processing companies to have extra storage allowing the grower to deliver directly to the processor. However, Ralph MacKenzie, a grower from Alliston, Ontario, was not satisfied with the present system and decided to design his own facility. The result of this initiative is an…
When it comes to marketing new crop canola, a good option is to go for the flat contract price, or deliver it on a basis contract arranged earlier in the year. Either price will be better than selling it straight off the combine. That is just one example of marketing…
The powdered product can be applied through an aeration fan. Grain storage bins, “Are no place to be sloppy,” says Art Schaafsma, pest management specialist at University of Guelph's Ridgetown College. “Year-to-year sanitation, using clean-out of empty bins and dusting with a pest control agent, as well as taking regular…
Steel bins are being raised across the prairies by Louis Dreyfus. Last July, 35 'condo' storage units of 10,000bu (wheat equivalent) were part of the 1.1 million bushel elevator at Rathwell, Manitoba. Next August, 700,000 bushel (20,000 tonne) elevators will be ready to handle grain at Wilkie and Glenavon, Saskatchewan.…
Over the last year, dozens of new models and designs of farm machinery have been introduced by manufacturers. Many of you will have seen these introductions at farm shows and in various industry announcements —but, can you remember the details? This feature provides a reference for you. -30- Peter Darbishire,…
Contract it, then deliver. It is a simple approach, but one that can help growers manage risk and achieve income goals for their crops, say grain marketing experts. Grain marketing experts recommend growers increase the percentage contracted as the crop yield potential is determined with a maximum of 50 percent…
The rancid scent of ammonia. The flurry of fruit flies. Visible signs of moisture on the surface of potatoes in storage. Crop specialist Robert Coffin of Cavendish Farms in Kensington, Prince Edward Island, has seen them all. But he will not debate which one is the most obvious sign of…
Storing grains has always been a challenge, but with more growers opting to store more of their corn and wheat, they should not forget about the threat of spoilage from stored grain insects. According to Dr. Art Schaafsma, with the Ridgetown Campus of the University of Guelph, both the spectrum…
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