City Firm Developing Technology to Monitor Grain Bin Moisture

By Tyler Sutherland

Grain Bins

A Winnipeg-based company has received nearly $300,000 from the federal government to develop imaging technology to monitor the moisture levels in grain bins.

151 Research Inc. is carrying out tests by adapting microwave technology developed for use in the biomedical industry by the electromagnetic imaging laboratory at the University of Manitoba.

Preliminary results indicate that the technique is capable of detecting insect infestations and spoilage conditions that cause storage losses of up to 10 percent in North America and up to 50 percent in developing countries.

“This fully automated system aims to provide global food security and is a major leap forward in stored grain quality monitoring and assurance,” said Dr. Colin Gilmore, co-founder of 151 Research Inc.