Corn drying in Canada using ambient air
Authors: Treidl, R.A.
Description: Ages ago, agriculturists discovered that com kernels need to be dried to increase the storage life. European peasants used to tie two ears together by the sheaths and hang them in rows under the roof overhang with the odd ear of Indian corn providing an interesting touch of color. As the quantity of com grown increased, much the same drying effect was obtained by placing ear com in cribs. With the advent of the field picker-sheller, large quantities of shelled com were put into storage at unsafe moisture contents. Several methods and combinations of methods of drying shelled com have evolved to dry high-moisture shelled com. Another alternative is to prevent spoilage by treating com with a preserving acid. All of this adds to the cost of producing corn. Accordingly, the interest in air drying com has remained. This paper examines the drying potential of the air, relying on theoretical formulae and on climatological data for a number of representative stations in the present Canadian com belt and also in regions where the growing of kernel corn is still awaiting the development of hardier hybrids.
Keywords: corn drying in canada using ambient air
Citation: Treidl, R.A. 1974. CORN DRYING IN Canada USING AMBIENT AIR. Canadian Agricultural Engineering 16(2):96-102.
Start page number: 96
End page number: 102