Farmers are busy bringing in the harvest.

Keeping that crop in top condition in the bin is key.

The latest Saskatchewan Pulse Growers newsletter features an article focusing on Pulse Crop Storage.

According to the report crops stored under cool, dry conditions can be stored for long periods, but as seed moisture or temperature rises, storage length becomes less.

Pulse crops tend to crack or split when harvested at dry seed moisture content or lower, harvesting at the tough seed moisture stage is sometimes recommended to reduce seed damage.

Subsequent aeration is then required to dry the crop down for safe storage.

The report also recommends stored pulses be monitored regularly for hot spots and other changes in moisture and temperature.

Producers are reminded that peas and chickpeas often respire or sweat after being placed in storage, therefore extra care should be taken to monitor the grain inside the bin for moisture build-up or spoilage.