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Planning a Farm System

The demands of farming are never ending. The risks are high. You need grain system solutions that maximize productivity and minimize downtime. We are driven to provide top-of-the-line products that will protect, condition and move the grain you work so hard to produce. And our network of dealers is committed to support you and your operation’s growth every step of the way.

When planning an on-farm grain storage system, one of the most important steps is taking into account location, accessibility and future expansion. You should always assume there will be growth in yield and bushels and that means that having a well-thought out plan that factors in growth and future technology changes is key. When choosing a location for your farm system, access to easy travel routes is essential. In an ideal situation, your system would be located right off a state highway, with access to natural gas and three phase power and still in close proximity to your fields.
  • A state highway will allow you to haul grain year round without any road restrictions. If there isn’t a highway nearby, it is not a deal breaker; just know that more road restrictions can occur, hindering your ability to haul grain.
  • Access to natural gas is cheaper and the most economical way to dry grain. If you only can use LP, that’s fine, however, it's more expensive and your return on investment won’t be as high.
  • Three phase power is ideal because it allows you to operate much larger machines and motors. For smaller farm systems, single phase might work, but understand that as your farm system gets bigger, you will need more power and single phase power might not be strong enough to supply it.
  • Having a farm system near your field will reduce transportation time and fuel cost. Ultimately, it can lead to a cut in number of trucks you need.

When planning a farm system you should assume that there will be growth in yield and bushels; always plan on expanding.
  • Always leave space for additional bins.
  • When your total number of bushels increase, plan on adding a higher capacity dryer or a second one.
  • Do not assume that your wet holding capacity will always be adequate. Once you start drying more grain, an increase in your wet bushel storage capacity will be a necessity.
  • Create a traffic pattern for separate dumping and loading stations to increase efficiency. Being able to load and unload grain simultaneously will decrease your total harvest time, thus saving you money.

The different types of grain you plan on storing will determine the number of bins you’ll need. If you are storing three types of grain, even though the sizes will vary, you will need at least three bins. If you want to limit risk, do not put all of your grain in one tank. For example, if you have 90,000 bushels of corn, don’t put it all in one bin. Instead, invest in two or three smaller bins. If some of the corn spoils you will only lose a fraction of your harvest as opposed to all of it.  

The proper Drying system is a must. Choosing a system that can provide high quality grain at harvest capacity and allows harvest in a reasonable time is more important than ever. And the dryer is the critical component in securing the correct moisture content for storage.
  • Choose the drying system to match your farms needs. Future expansion of both drying and wet storage must be a part of the initial design.
  • Remember, drying to the proper moisture is key to safe storage. Storage life is affected by grain temperature but grain moisture is still the primary determinant for storage life. With corn, 15% grain moisture is ideal to store until June, 14% to next fall, and 13% for longer storage.
  • A storage system is of little value if proper sanitation and loading practices are not followed. Your local ag universities are a great resource in this area.

Make sure you know your rate of return.
  • There are specialized ROI tools to help you and your banker understand what income will be from storing and drying grain. (see the ROI Calculator below)
  • The location of your farm system plays a factor in determining your ROI. Factors such as access to natural gas and availability of hard roads can improve your return rate.

When building your farm system, always make sure you have a well thought out plan anticipating growth and future technology changes. A poor designed farm system can be as harmful as not having one at all.

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Grain Bins

From the initial site analysis to developing your custom grain storage plan to final completion of the project, GSI’s established dealer and contractor network is with you every step of the way, committed to supporting you and your operation’s growth. As you continue to grow, GSI grows with you. From your 1,000-bushel bins all the way up to 1.2 million bushels, our full line of grain bins and accessories are customized to fit your needs and maximize your profitability.

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TopDry

Though the TopDry is technically drying grain in the bin, it is really more like an out of bin dryer. Combine the TopDry’s limited depth, roof drying floor and high capacities with the same high capacity fans used on our Portable Dryers and you get capacities equal to our largest Stack Portable Dryer.

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VersaLoop

The VersaLoop round tube chain conveyor will change the way you move grain. VersaLoop can be used in multiple applications in your systems making gran movement easier than ever and minimize your maintenance needs.

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Vision Controls

Vision controls offer simple operation, with an easy-to-read large color graphical touch display. Located on the dryer or remote with a few wires, these controls are design specifically for GSI grain dryers, giving you unmatched options and settings to get exactly what you need from your dryer control.

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Hopper Tanks

You need hopper tanks for several purposes, whether it’s a simply gravity unload, the need for a complete cleanout, Wet Bins, load out bins, or feed bins. GSI has a complete line of hopper tanks and accessories to meet your needs. We have Flex-Flo, aeration, R&P gates and over 300 models of hopper tanks.

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FFI Portable Dryer

When they started producing portable dryers in 1969, FFI knew they had a market leading product; since then, they’ve become the dryer sales leader offering innovation and improved solutions that fit the GSI quality model. In 2001, we brought FFI’s portable dryers under the GSI family, continuing our legacy of quality.

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GSI product sales, quoting, tech support and installations are handled through the GSI Dealer network. Click here to find your local GSI dealer.

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ROI CALCULATOR

Farm on your own terms. Storing grain on your farm gives you more control of your operation. See how much more you can earn with on-farm grain storage solutions from GSI.