There are several key considerations you should look into before upgrading your grain store, not just the obvious finance options and current system requirements, but you should try to plan for the future. Combine capacities are ever-increasing and becoming more and more automated, in 5 years time will you be harvesting your crops at the same rate you currently are? Is your handling system already slowing down your combine?
Here are our top 7 things we think deserve a bit of thought when upgrading your grain store:
- Plan for the future & leave yourself room to grow. Don’t think about your current requirements, try to think about what your equipment may need to handle, dry and/or store in at least 5 year’s time. Having the fore-sight to plan for the future will mean you shouldn’t need any further upgrades for many years. It would be a shame to make such a key investment just for to have to make the same investment after 2-3 years because your combine is out-performing your drying system.
- Ensure your store meets your crop variety requirements. Each crop or variety of crop will need to be stored separately. How are you going to do that? Are you going to be restricted to drying just one crop or could you build bunkers into your store? Maybe you don’t have a current store, would you want a new one or would you prefer to use silo’s? Silo’s offer you good flexibility, but have you got enough room to build more if required?
- Don’t be put off by initial costs. Getting a quote for a full refurbishment or a brand new storage system can be a daunting figure to receive, it may seem like a lot of money, but think about it… the last time you made a significant investment was probably upwards of 10 years ago. That last investment would have saved you thousands, if not tens of thousands of man hours. It would have allowed you to sell your grain at its optimum price by being able to store it in the correct conditions for longer periods of time. It would have allowed you to be a modern farmer, making the most out of the technology available to you at the time, again saving you time and allowing you to work at your optimum efficiency. There are financing options available to you, speak to the relevant people and discuss options that are affordable to you.
- Handling out of the drier is just as important as the handling in. To allow your drier to work at its optimum efficiency the handling equipment that accompanies it needs to be able to fill and empty it at the rate that it is designed to work at. For example, having a 30tph continuous mixed flow drier being emptied by 15tph handling equipment will mean that the drier needs to dry at a much slower rate that it is designed to dry at, this will result in the nozzels needing to be changed or the drier cutting out at regular intervals. Having handling equipment capable of filling the drier, but not emptying it at the required rate really doesn’t make for efficient handling or drying.
- Think about your intake. Intake pits can often be a bit of a bottle-neck for grain stores. Think about the position of it, although there may be enough room for your machinery to feed the intake now, will there be enough room in 5 or 10 year’s time if you have to change your tractors, trailers, loaders or lorries? Do you need to be able to adjust the rate of the intake? Does it need to be above ground or below ground? Your intake capacity should match that of your combine and dryer.
- Use the experts. There are lots of reputable dealers out there who have a wealth of knowledge about grain handling, drying & storage. They have seen it all before! They would have dealt with all kinds of crops, all kinds of spaces and all sorts of logistical issues. We work closely with our dealers, ensuring you get access to our knowledge & expertise as well as your chosen dealer’s. You can find a comprehensive list of dealers we work closely with here >>>, alternatively you can contact us and we can put you in touch with a dealer that will be able to help you.
- Don’t rush it. Don’t try to get a whole new system in at the last second. Think carefully about each and every machine you choose to install, discuss your options and bounce ideas around. Getting expert advice will ensure you get a system that is suited to your needs and not one that is either too large or too small.
We hope you have found this article useful. If you would like advice on where to start with your system upgrade please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us now on +44 (0)1404 890300.