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STS fires in sunflowers

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We're harvesting sunflowers here in Canada now, and I've had a few guys with some major fire issues on STSs. They seem to start inside the combine, maybe at the back of the rotor and spread from there. We've tried alot of things- blowing the combine completely clean before entering the field, wetting down the entire machine inside at out until there's water running out of the elevators, putting on multiple grounding chains...Nothing seems to help. Within half an hour the machine is smoking from somewhere. Now one had a fire so bad there's about $30,000 damage. The oil seeds seem to be worse than the confectionary. Walker machines seem to be fine. They're sick of paying me to fix hoses and wiring harnesses. Any solutions?
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Anybody ever heard of confection canola? Don't see to many people spitting canola seeds.

Sunflowers are always going to be a fire hazard with the high oil content of the fuzz that comes off the seed and they seem to find an new way to run into yield issues every year but still are one of our highest net return crops versus canola, wheat or corn.

We only grow confecs on our farm.
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