Storage & Transport
New imaging technology for grain bins in the works
By Top Crop Manager
Aug. 27, 2013, Winnipeg, MB - New imaging technology, funded in part by the federal government, will purportedly help Canadian grain farmers reduce waste in their grain bins and improve their profitability.
Winnipeg-based 151 Research Inc. is developing imaging technology to monitor the moisture levels in grain bins. The tests are being carried out by adapting microwave technology developed for use in the biomedical industry by the Electromagnetic Imaging Laboratory at the University of Manitoba.
Preliminary results indicate that the technique is capable of detecting insect infestations and spoilage conditions that cause storage losses of up to 10 per cent in North America and up to 50 per cent in developing countries.
The federal government has invested nearly $300,000 toward the project.