1999 - Volume #23, Issue #4, Page #27[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Grain Bin In Machine ShedOne option for storage-short farmers is putting up a "roofless" grain bin in their pole barn or machine shed.
"What you can do, for example, is buy a 6-ring bin, minus the roof, take the top 3 rings and set both of them side by side in your shed. After emptying the bins, you can put the two halves together outside, set them on a concrete pad and add a roof," says Max Tate, district manager for York Mfg., York, NE. Other advantages of this idea, Tate adds, is that now it's easier to get rings than a complete bin, you don't need to install a concrete pad, and you can quickly put the bin up yourself.
Lee Chedester, territory manager for Stormor, Fremont, NE, points out that by putting the bin inside, you're protecting the grain from the weather plus you don't have the added expense of putting in extra wall supports that you'd have if you used the shed for flat storage.
Chedester says that a 3-ring bin (about 8 ft. high) and 48 ft. in dia.would hold about 14,000 bu.
Both Chedester and Tate stress the importance of having aeration systems in the bin to keep the crop in condition.
Quotes for bin-in-a-shed storage costs range from 20 to 30 a bu.
For more information, contact your local grain bin dealer.
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