The Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute in Humboldt is continuing its research into adding supplemental heat to natural air drying.
PAMI has been getting plenty of calls from growers who will be drying a lot of grain when harvest eventually resumes.
Joy Agnew is a PAMI project manager.
She says adding supplemental heat to natural air drying involves two basic steps, using heat to draw moisture out of the grain and then using moderate airflow rates to move that moist air out of the bin.
“The technical challenge is how you add that heat effectively so you’re not wasting a whole bunch of fuel, and safely so that you’re not producing a situation where you can have damage or combustion or anything like that.” Agnew said.
More information is available at www.pami.ca/storage.