Determining Best Practices for Summer Storage of Canola in Western Canada

Agronomic Practices 
Start Date
End Date
Principal Investigator
Joy Agnew - Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute
Les Hill - PAMI, Bryan Lung - PAMI
MCGA Funding
Total Project Funding
External Funding Partners
SaskCanola, Alberta Canola

Research Objective

  • Determine best storage practice for canola with average moisture content (6%) with three different approaches:
    • turning seed over
    • aerating canola seed
    • not handling canola see
  • Regularly monitor temperature in different parts of the bin and temperature stability

Project Description

The storage of canola seeds after harvest is extremely crucial because without temperature stability and an optimal temperature in the bin, moisture content can rise and yield loss occur. The purpose of this study was to determine if different storage methods of canola (6% moisture content) would make a difference in keeping seeds dry. The three different storage treatments were conducted in separate bins and were to 1) turn the seed, 2) aerate the seed, or 3) leave the seed completely alone. Temperature was recorded in all parts of the bin and monitored regularly to see any patterns. Overall, leaving the canola seed alone in the bin and not handling it resulted in the most stable conditions. The reason is that when the seed is being turned or aerated, condensation can be introduced that will increase moisture content. It is important to regularly check your seed while it is being stored in the summer.

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