Feasibility of bag storage system for canola under Prairie conditions

Researcher: Digvir S. Jayas, University of Manitoba, Noel D.G. White, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Winnipeg, MB

Project Code: 3.5.2

Final Report: April 2013

Summary: Large harvest bags (silo bags) are becoming popular for on-farm temporary storage of
grains and oilseeds in western Canada. Researchers at the University of Manitoba
conducted a three-year study to quantify the changes in seed quality of canola during
bag storage under Canadian Prairie conditions. Overall, the results showed that there
was no significant change in the grade and quality parameters of the canola seeds with
12% moisture content during 20 weeks of storage. However, after 28 weeks of storage, the canola seed was downgraded one level. Therefore, storing dry seeds for shortduration is the best way of using harvest bags under Prairie conditions.

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