I don't think it's an economically viable choice. I know Francis mentioned some of the other new technologies. I don't disagree with the potential they may have, but, in reality, we're a long way off from mass adoption. Certainly, with the supply chain constraints we have, nothing is going to make a difference today.
You know the vulnerabilities of a fall harvest: being able to get it in on time, before the rain flies and there's mud on the ground. The ability to get it in, dry it and put it in the bins has a very small window of time. Propane and natural gas deliver the drying capacity to get it in on time. In time, if there are other viable options, we should embrace them, study them and do pilot projects, as was described. In the mid to near terms, maybe even with a 10-year time horizon, we're still looking at the traditional way of drying crops, I think.
There's a salt evaporator plant in my riding that evaporates salt taken out from under the lake. It's all dried mechanically. If you go out to the desert in the southern U.S.A., they dry it all in the desert. We don't have a desert climate to dry it in, but anything's possible.