Plugged dryers and dryer fires are something we often hear about given the nature of our business. But it doesn’t take long to find stories about both topics, especially dryer fires, online in crop production Facebook groups and ag forums. A lot of the posts start out a little something like “has anyone had problems with their dryer running a little hot in certain columns” or “my dryer caught on fire today … looking for recommendations.” We’ve found the common factor many times is a buildup of trash: sticks, cobs and fines. In these cases, a fairly simple tweak often can have a major impact.More
You’ve gotten the grain out of the field. It’s been dried to the desired moisture and now it sits … in a bin, just waiting.
You’ve done everything as recommended leading up to this point. However, while grain could enter the bin at the suggested moisture and within the ideal temperature range, continuing to check the grain temperature while in storage is the other measure to help prevent loss to spoilage.More
By: Roger Slaughter, Grain Handling Equipment Sales
Some customers come in knowing exactly what they want for a grain dryer. It might be they have an allegiance to a brand or have been down this road before. However, comparing the three brands of grain dryers we carry – Shivvers, GSI and Sukup – would be like trying to compare a Ford and a Chevrolet to a Winnebago RV. Instead, let’s look at the pros and cons of the two different drying systems and things to consider when it comes to determining your grain dryer needs.More
When harvest is in full swing, we know your top priority is keeping the combine moving and getting the crop out of the field. However, a successful harvest can quickly be ruined if stored grain is not properly managed in the fall and winter months. The first step to ensure grain quality should occur before the crop even enters the bin.More
You know how frustrating it is to have a dryer break down in the heat of harvest. While all malfunctions can’t be stopped, a great deal can be prevented with a pre-season dryer check. Getting maintenance done in the summer can help keep you running when it’s go-time this fall.More
Spring brings about the much-missed warmer weather, but with it also comes the risk of spoiled grain. As the outside temperature increases, moisture can condense and migrate in the cooler bin, leading to spoiled grain. Ultimately, the goal of spring grain management is to prevent this from happening. If you are storing grain through the spring and summer months, here’s what you need to know to maintain grain quality.More