Tips for drying and storing damp grains

News release

October 29, 2018                      Winnipeg          Canadian Grain Commission

Wet weather during the 2018 harvest has forced many producers to take their crop off the field at high moisture levels. Artificial drying can help reduce the risk of spoilage due to excess moisture, but it is important to follow proper drying practices to prevent heat damage.

The high temperatures used in grain dryers can cause serious damage to grains if not managed closely, effectively reducing the grain’s quality, end use functionality and potential ability to germinate.

The maximum safe air temperature for drying will depend on the type of dryer, the crop and its end use. Detailed drying guidelines for cereal grains, oilseeds and pulses are available on the Canadian Grain Commission’s website.

Quick facts

  • Tough or damp crops are more likely to become mouldy or infested with insects.

  • Proper drying and aeration in storage can help reduce the risk of spoilage.

  • The consequences of dryer damage are more serious with some crops than with others.

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Rémi Gosselin
Head of communications
Canadian Grain Commission

Canadian Grain Commission

The Canadian Grain Commission is the federal agency responsible for establishing and maintaining Canada’s grain quality standards. Its programs result in shipments of grain that consistently meet contract specifications for quality, safety and quantity. The Canadian Grain Commission regulates the grain industry to protect producers’ rights and ensure the integrity of grain transactions.

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