Improving Grain Storage Technologies

Improving Grain Storage Technologies

Improving Grain Storage Technologies

I’m KayDee Gilkey with the Northwest Farm and Ranch Report.?
In the last several decades there have been dramatic technology improvements in agriculture as we all know: genetics, equipment improvement, precision ag to name a few.

One area that is often overlooked is the advancements in grain storage. This industry too has seen many improvements as Adams Incorporated Sales Manager Brett Adams explains.

Adams: “In the storage industry, there have been a number of improvements over the past 10 to 15 years, that the Northwest has not taken really not adapted. Technologies that are commonplace in the mid-west: aeration, full-floor aeration in bin sweeps. A lot of operational practices have changed and our knowledge of benefits of full-floor aeration has improved a lot, especially in knowing how much yield can be increase by having some of these systems in place.”

Adams shares an example of a farmer who gained corn yield with his recently replaced bins.

Adams: “They got a 7.2 percent yield increase because they were able to cut their corn at a higher moisture and control the atmosphere at which the corn was dried in the bin which allowed them, especially at today’s market price, to make quite a bit of money. They were actually able to pay for those additional systems in the first year.”

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