Lethbridge (Rural Roots Canada) – Researchers at Lethbridge College involved with a grain-drying study are looking for your help.

The study, being led by the College’s Centre for Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, is one of the largest and more comprehensive on-farm grain-drying studies to be conducted in western Canada.

It aims to help farmers cut their losses through improved storage technology and methods.

The lead researcher on the project, Dr. Chandra Singh, says they are carrying this study out across Alberta.

“So rather than just being in one place when conditions vary a lot across the province we are looking at studying different regions all the way up to High Level that’s where we have a farm site for the trial,” says Singh.

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He says they are looking for more farmers to take part.

“We want to generate more and more data to come to some logical conclusion and last year was a really dry year so we really struggled to get wet grain and farmers to participate.”

He says it hopes this year will be a much better year for the growers.

“Hopefully, we’ll have a good crop, we really want more and more farmers to be a part of this study.”

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Singh says one of the great things about this study is the farmers participating have access to the data gathered in their grain bins so that they can make improvements.

He says the study is funded by the farmers.

Alberta Wheat Commission, Sask Wheat Development Commission, RDAR and Alberta Innovates are among the funders.

Singh says the outcomes of the project will be shared back to growers so they can benefit from the study.

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