It’s only natural to think more about the corn that is about to be planted than what is in your grain bin, but both need attention.
For farmers who didn’t perform basic maintenance of their grain storage system following the 2017 harvest, it’s better to tackle that work now rather than trying to fit it in later this season, says Gary Woodruff, conditioning applications manager for GSI.
With the start of a new growing season soon, Virginia farmer Keith Harris knows there is at least one challenge he won’t have to worry about for 2018: the loud, whining noise of his grain dryer running around the clock during harvest season. Harris decided he needed a new dryer in 2017 to meet increased capacity needs.
GSI is introducing first-of-its-kind technology to help prevent one of the most common challenges facing commercial grain operations – the accidental mixing of different types of grain and oilseeds which can result in costly operational, logistical and product quality issues.
More than 20 international visitors recently toured GSI’s grain bin manufacturing facility in Assumption, Illinois, as part of an annual grain trade mission hosted by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
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Drying corn and soybeans is an energy intensive process and can be a significant expense for a row crop farm. One energy reduction option is to replace older grain drying units with new grain drying equipment. Grand Valley Farm in Rives Junction, Michigan has done just that by installing a new GSI grain dryer that is quiet and energy efficient in its operation. It is one of four energy reduction practices that will be showcased in an energy efficiency tour of the farm on Thursday, Aug. 17.
Large corn and soybean harvests in North America have been fuelling farmer demand for larger equipment and expanded grain handling systems. Concurrent with this trend has been the development and adoption of new high-speed, high-capacity fertilizer handling equipment by agricultural retail and commercial grain operations to better meet the needs of their customers.
Portable driers can get pretty loud, so GSI turned to different tech to solve the problem.
Drying corn at 180°F. (dryer plenum temperature) can extend the life of moldy corn caused by diseases like diploid ear rot.
GSI tackles heat reuse issue with new approach, cuts energy costs up to 30% when temps are coldest.
The DGD power sweep is available for GSI’s 15 and 48-foot bins, with 8-inch augers; and in 24 and 72-foot bins with 10-inch augers. The new bin sweep will be available in January 2017.
A common misperception is that grain can be held above 15% moisture without risking quality or loss of net income.
Gary Woodruff, a grain conditioning applications manager for GSI, has five tips to help you select the right grain dryer for your farm.
Approval means greater convenience, cost savings for customers.
When planning an on-farm grain storage system, one of the most important steps is taking into account future expansion needs.
Providing complete equipment packages for fertilizer terminals and agricultural co-ops
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