With a record amount of crop yields in recent years, there has been a huge increase in investing in on-farm grain solutions. New technologies have helped improve grain storage for both long and short term use, and with a number of companies offering modular grain storage systems, the list of options for grain storage solutions is as varied as the technology used to store your grain.
One of the newer technologies has helped pave the way for flat storage grain buildings that use the latest in grain pump and aeration technology to make them low cost and simple to use. Usually made from a solid concrete floor and wall base, the structure is kept in shape with a solid steel framework and many companies now offer armour plated fabric panels for the roofing that are water-tight and are built to stay strong even at maximum capacity.
Flat Storage Solutions
Grain storage is made easier with a flat storage system compared to a vertical silo system. Grain trucks can be simply hooked up to the grain pump on the outside of the storage bin and with the latest grain pumps, able to relocate the grain to a number of piles within the long storage building using a series of auger type tubes that run along the roof of the structure.
Grain can be easily deposited into the storage structure, ready for further transportation once the flat grain storage structure has been fully loaded. With two way pumps to transfer the grain to the delivery vehicle, it makes life easier in more than one way. Flat storage grain stores need a great aeration system to keep the crop in good condition, and with some of the latest sturdy fabric covers and bays that also include UV protection, your grain will reach distributors in the best possible health and condition.
Modular Grain Storage Structures
When it comes to temporary grain storage solutions, modular storage has been the hot topic in modern grain farming. One of the best solutions combines a concrete or tarmac ground base and uses steel barricade style panels to create a ring on the ground. The panels are secured in place via bolts into the concrete and then strengthened with more steel panels to fill in the gaps. A central aeration system is then put into place to cover the whole area of the temporary grain storage system.
An extra aeration fan pipe is then set into place and the grain can then be dropped into the temporary storage structure via an auger. Cover is provided by the super strong tarp that is stretched over the grain and secured each side to water-proof your crop. These modular solutions are a great addition to any grain farm, and allow a number of different configurations to house limited or bumper yields of extra crop in a pinch.
Modular grain storage is the perfect addition to your storage solutions because it allows you to create a storage space for your precise amount of crop. Need a larger storage bin? No problem, just use additional wall panels to create a larger space to protect your grain in all different weather scenarios.
Future Technologies for Grain Storage
The future looks bright for the agricultural world when it comes to creating new means of grain storage technologies that help to maximise the quality of the grain and allows storage for even larger amounts. Grain aeration is one of the widely-discussed talking points in recent years when it comes to avoiding crop loss and damage, as there have been a number of advancements in the technology used to keep the grain dry and moisture-free.
It is thought that new inventions grain storage systems will become more beneficial to farmers as the efficiency savings that are made with on-farm grain storage is set to rise. Now more farmers than ever are looking to on-farm grain storage solutions, and as the costs come down and the ease of use gets much simpler, modular grain storage units and advanced aerated grain storage systems with bins will become the norm on farms up and down the country.
Add the additional agricultural technologies such as advanced survey drones that are able to gather much more information than it was available previously, and you will find that there has never been a better time to boost productivity and to minimise the loss.