Harnessing Solar Power for Drying Grain
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Robert Baerg was having coffee with a neighbour one rainy harvest about 15 years ago when they got to talking about their old grain dryer.
It was a real headache, that dryer — chewing through horsepower to dry tough grain far too slowly, and then they still had to cool it. It took both neighbours to keep the thing running, and when the controls started going on it, they decided it was more work than it was worth.
At the end of a particularly wet fall, they hauled that old dryer out back and put it out of its misery. Back-to-back years of dry weather meant they never replaced it. They didn’t really need to, and besides, grain dryers don’t come cheap.