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Four simple steps to storing grain safely this fall

Pay attention to sanitation, loading, aeration, and monitoring

This fall when you’re preparing your grain for storage, all you need to do is remember to SLAM. That’s short for sanitation, loading, aeration, and monitoring. The first step — removing any dust or debris from your bins before harvest — is “obviously important,” said Ryan Braun, Canadian sales manager for OPI, a grain storage

Cool down canola ASAP to prevent spoilage

With the recent heat wave farmers need to be even more vigilant with their canola

All canola should be conditioned shortly after it goes in the bin. Canola that goes into the bin hot is at much higher risk of spoilage and conditioning will reduce the grain temperature. It will also help dry down dockage, which may have higher moisture content than the seed. Note that straight-combined canola may have


Bruce Berry of Almost Urban Vegetables uses composted manure to power his plants.

Winter no barrier to composting

Manure composting has many benefits, including concentrated nutrients, 
reduced volume, no smell and easy transport

Like any recipe, making a good composted manure requires the right ingredients, a proper mixer and some heat. “There are a lot of misconceptions as to what composting actually is, some think that if you have a pile of manure it’s called composting, it really isn’t,” said Mario Tenuta. “So we want to talk to

Is continuous aeration a waste of money, or worse?

Natural aeration might not use hot air in the bin, but it generated some at CropConnect

After years of studying the effects of natural aeration on wheat, barley and peas, Ron Palmer of the Indian Head Agricultural Research Foundation says that leaving fans running during the day isn’t just ineffective, it may actually damage the grain in your bin. “Not only are we spinning our fans for nothing, but it leaves

Mario Tenuta speaks at the Manitoba Forage Seed Association’s annual conference in Winnipeg.

There’s life in that there dirt

Farmers need to be aware of the vast world beneath their feet — healthy plants depend on it

It just might be that the most important living beings on any farm aren’t found in the barn — but in the soil. Bacteria, mycorrhiza, fungi, nematodes and even earthworms are key to understanding and promoting plant growth, University of Manitoba soil scientist Mario Tenuta told the Manitoba Forage Seed Association’s annual conference in Winnipeg


Top 10 risky storage situations for canola

Canola can heat and spoil in the bin, costing growers a lot of lost income. Here are 10 situations that will increase the storage risk: 10. Can’t remember what’s in the bin. Keep a composite sample for each bin of canola. Record average moisture and grain temperature when canola goes in the bin. Use this

Ed Rempel, a Starbuck farmer and president of the Manitoba Canola Growers Association checks the temperature of his stored canola. Buyers are reporting a sudden rise in heated canola.  photo: allan dawson

Check your canola bins ASAP

The CCC says buyers are reporting a sudden surge in heated canola

Baby it’s cold outside, but your canola bins could be hot — dangerously hot. That’s why the Canola Council of Canada (CCC) wants farmers to check their bins right away. “Canola delivery points report a spike in heated canola over the past couple of weeks,” the CCC said in its Canola Watch email Nov. 28.



What’s new? At Ag Days, plenty

New products are always interesting and there are always plenty to check out at Manitoba Ag Days. Some equipment dealers will have additional signage at their booths that indicate they have opted to include their products in the 2013 New Products feature and will be vying for the annual best new product award presented at

Cold winter temperatures naturally control insects in grain

Warm weather during the 2012 grain harvest benefited producers, but it also benefited insects that feed in stored grain, says Brent Elliott, infestation control and sanitation officer at the Canadian Grain Commission. However, cold winter weather can help producers control insects. “Now that winter’s here, producers need to reconsider how they’re managing insects in their