Regardless of industry, safety continues to be a major force behind change. Unfortunately, it usually takes an accident of some sort to catalyze improvements. Often overshadowed by more fatal accidents like tractor rollovers, grain entrapments or entanglements in PTO’s, falls are still a hazard of the job that plagues producers of all ages. More
Spring is just around the corner and temperatures are starting to rise (very slowly). Now is the time to start thinking about warming stored grain. Keeping stored grain within 10 to 15 degrees of the ambient temperature outside will help the grain keep longer. Tom Miller has shared three tips that he suggests you consider and incorporate into your spring grain management. More
With the rising temperatures in the spring, stored grain can deteriorate quickly if not kept within 10 to 15 degrees of the ambient air temperature outside the bin. Cold grain will collect moisture from the warmer air just as moisture forms on the glass of a cold beverage. This moisture aids in mold growth. To prevent any deterioration, I suggest these simple Spring grain management tips. More
With temperatures getting cooler, rodents are on the move and looking for warm places to stay. On top of this, weather patterns over the past few years have been ideal for reproduction. The recent increase in population makes rodent control more important now than ever. On top of being unwanted intruders, rats and mice pose a biosecurity risk spreading disease to humans and livestock alike. If that isn’t bad enough, they cause feed loss from direct consumption as well as contamination. The destruction doesn’t stop there either; rodents cause structural damage to buildings and possible electrical fires from gnawing on wires. More
We strongly believe one of the most important ingredients in our recipe for success is our employees. Through our Employee Spotlight Blog Series, learn more about the people who make up the Stutsman team. Meet Tom Miller, Grain Handling Equipment Sales. Tom is responsible for selling equipment, working with customers for repairs, and facilitating/organizing bin installation crews. Before joining the Grain Handling & Storage Division, Tom started out in the feed department, working in billing, the warehouse and as an on-the-road salesman; altogether he’s been with us for 14 years! More
As we inch closer and closer to fall, it’s time to do a pre-harvest inspection of your grain bins, augers, heaters, fans, and dryers. Pre-inspections can fix problems before you’re ready to fill the bin, saving you valuable time (and headaches) during the rush of the season. More
Have problems remembering how to get your portable dryer running at the beginning of harvest? Good news, GSI’s new Auto Start feature helps simplify that process, saving you time and a headache.
Whether the dryer is started up for the first time in the season or being restarted after a few days of rest, Auto-Start does the initial setup work for you. The dryer will properly cycle each fan and heater to dry the grain currently in the dryer and then will begin to discharge at the correct speed. After the dried grain passes through, and the dryer is properly staged, it is ready for automatic operation. The days of searching for charts and babysitting your dryer through start-up are over! More
By Tom Miller
Getting the air out of a grain bin is as important as getting air in when it comes to drying or periodic aerating stored grain. The right static pressure in the bin is one of the keys for proper airflow through the grain. An oversized fan does not increase the airflow if the air cannot get out of the bin. This only provides higher static pressure, eventually resulting in the fan working against itself because the air volume blown into the bin is greater than the air volume that is able to escape. At that point, fan efficacy drops dramatically resulting in higher energy costs. More
New to our product lineup is the LevALERT bin level indicators. Now you can check your bin levels with two feet on the ground! With LevALERT’s highly visible yellow and black indicators, you can easily see bin levels regardless of time of day, from 300 feet away! Although no electricity is required, there are options for additional electric alert methods such as sounding horns or turning on lights. When used in conjunction with sensor and relay, LevALERT can also be used to control electric fill augers to prevent overfilling. More
During harvest, you may have noticed areas you would like to upgrade or expand your grain handling systems.