When the weather doesn't cooperate, a natural gas grain dryer can extend your harvest season. Grain quality counts and a dryer can ensure your grain ends up in the bin instead of left in the field.
Benefits of using natural gas versus other energy options include:
- Lower fuel costs
- Convenience of not dealing with tanks or the need to refuel
- Reduced drying time
- Less greenhouse gas emissions
In Saskatchewan, the typical grain drying temperature is 10 degrees Celsius. Using heat to dry the grain during the fall season prior to below zero temperatures will reduce drying time. This lowers your fuel consumption and cost. If you plan on storing grain for more than a few months, you may want to consider a lower moisture content.
Fuel consumption when drying grain depends on four variables:
- Airflow rate for individual grains
- Outside air temperature
- Type of grain
- Dampness of grain
The cost to install a grain dryer can vary. For new service installations, factors such as the volume of gas required, type of equipment, time of year and the proximity to an existing gas line are key considerations. Before purchasing a new natural gas dryer, complete a service application. The information in the application will help us understand your energy needs and determine options.