By Top Crop Manager
Saskatchewan Agriculture recently published two harvest fact sheets, developed in collaboration with PAMI. They were compiled as a quick reference guide for grain storage.
The comprehensive natural air grain-drying fact sheet provides information on safe storage and grain-drying. Natural air grain-drying is a common practice on Saskatchewan grain farms.
Temperature and moisture content can cause spoilage, lowering grain quality and revenue. Both can be managed by passing air through the grain, whether through aeration, natural air grain-drying, or with supplemental heat.
Airflow resistance must be properly calculated to ensure thorough drying.
The large grain bin fact sheet addresses the growth in grain bin sizes over the past 40 years. In the 1980s, the largest bin sizes typically ranged from 2,000 to 4,000 bushels with grain depths of 10 to 20 feet (ft.). More recently, bin sizes have grown as large as 20,000 to 50,000 bushels with grain depths reaching 20 to 40 ft.
Large grain bins present additional challenges in getting sufficient airflow through the grain, as conventional fan sizes often aren’t large enough to do the job.
For more information, and to access the fact sheets, visit the Saskatchewan Agriculture website.