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Drying of high-moisture content cereal grains at commercial handling and storage centers, and on farms, has been practiced in Canada for many years. Drying at terminal elevators has been a common practice, whereas on-farm drying has generally been undertaken only in critical years of wet harvesting season and primarily to reduce the moisture content to permissible levels for safe storage in farm bins. Marketing constraints and limited drying capacities at terminal elevators has increased the need for on-farm drying, particularly during wet harvest seasons. Drying grain on the farm can be advantageous to permit earlier harvesting, to extend harvest hours, to reduce field losses, and to reduce in-storage deterioration. There is a risk of grain damage due to overheating affecting germination, feed and milling qualities, and on-farm drying as a general practice has not been encouraged. Seed viability is a major concern and regulations of the Canadian Grain Commission do not permit seed grain temperatures to exceed 100
drying oilseeds with a solid heat transfer medium
Lapp, H.M. and L.R. Manchur 1974. DRYING OILSEEDS WITH A SOLID HEAT TRANSFER MEDIUM. Canadian Agricultural Engineering 16(2):57-59.
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