Canola stored hot can spoil fast

Canola harvested hot last week should be on aeration to cool it down. In one case, canola that went into the bin at 35 C and 6% moisture had climbed to 39 C and was starting to smell within a week. Dry canola is not necessarily safe if binned hot.

High green counts and high dockage — including canola plant parts, weed seeds and pods, and insect parts — tend to have higher moisture and can create pockets for rapid mould growth. These can be a catalyst for heating that can quickly spoil a whole bin, especially at high temperatures.

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