1980 - Volume #4, Issue #1, Page #09[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Convert Your Silo To Dry Corn StorageOne of the most popular products in FARM SHOW'S JulyAugust issue last year was a new process for converting concrete stave silos to dry corn storage.
Developed by Mason City Silo Repair, it involves a wooden liner which completely covers the inside of the silo. The liner insulates dry corn from the moist wall of the silo, creating an air space to evaporate condensation and frost.
"We create a 1 in. air space by nailing 1 by 4's directly to the silo walls, spaced 6 in. apart and running vertically. We then staple 1/4 in. plywood to the 1 by 4's. In effect, we're building a barrel inside the silo, explains Roy Bilyeu, manufacturer.
Bilyeu says the key to successful conversion of silos into grain bins is proper aeration of the grain. "We use a 11/2 hp. fan blowing through a 6 ft. length of vented 12 in. pipe across the silo floor."
Base conversion price for a 20 ft. dia. silo is $.35 per bu. of grain the converted silo holds, plus whatever extra work is needed, depending on condition of the structure.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Mason City Silo Repair, 20 Ninth St. N.E., Box 363, Mason City, Iowa 50401(ph 515 424-4611).
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