Grain silos, grain bins and more!
For many farmers, grain storage is one of the most important aspects of their operation. It's one thing to be able to grow great crops, but it's a completely different story when you're looking to safely and securely store those crops before they're used or sold. With so many different options available, from grain silos to grain bins, from smaller grain carts to grain trucks, the process of taking care of harvested grain can be a complex one.
The most important thing to keep in mind when looking at grain storage is the secure and reliable protection of the product. Grain can easily fall victim to a number of destructive forces, from critters big and small, to mould and even water damage. That means that when you're choosing your storage solution, you should pay attention to things such as air circulation, water drainage, weather resistance and access to the storage space.
Grain Storage Bins
Grain storage bins come in two different types: temporary or long term. Temporary grain storage bins are frequently also portable bins that can be hooked up to a truck or tractor and hauled to other locations for sale. A dumping hopper is a popular option for a more portable grain storage solution, especially since you can purchase a self-dumping hopper that will help you to reduce the workload involved in transporting your grain to market.
Grain silos are a more permanent solution to grain storage and can be sized to suit your needs, holding thousands of tons of product at once.
Grain elevators are a common sight in North America, particularly in the Canadian Prairies, where they are an iconic piece of agricultural history. Grain elevators are buildings similar to silos and are often found grouped together into complexes. These elevators have the capacity to store thousands of tons of grain and are equipped to move the product through the buildings, as well as onto trucks for delivery.
Grain elevators are typically used in large farming operations and can be found at grain distribution or retail outlets. They are used for high-volume grain processing and sale, but they can also be used to store product for longer periods of time, since the grain can be rotated.