Automated grain management offers peace-of-mind, energy savings
It's easy to say you'd never make a grain storage mistake, such as forgetting to shut off bin fans during a rain.
In the heat of battle, though, it's another story. Fields to plant or spray can divert your attention from checking and monitoring stored grain. In the meantime, fans running during rain can suck moisture into bins and create a spoilage scenario.
That concern is dashed with the automated Integris Advanced Grain Management system, says Bruce Scott, Integris Chief Operating Officer.
"With this system, you can get peace of mind knowing what is happening inside the bin," he says. "Our system automatically monitors temperature and aeration."
Scott says Integris bases its system on three trends:
- Increased on-farm storage
- Larger on-farm storage
- Longer storage periods
"When we looked at those three trends, we realized the old customer practices of managing stored grain no longer work today," says Scott. "If 5,000 or 10,000 bushels in storage started to go bad, you could smell it. With 50,000 or 100,000 bushels of corn, you can have quite a bit of spoilage by the time you smell or detect it."
That possibility always bothered Bob Weiland when heâ€™d manually aerate his grain. "About every two weeks, I'd get up on top of the bin, check it, and wonder if it would be okay the next time," says the Laura, Illinois, farmer who installed the Integris system for his 590,000 bushel storage system. "This system gives me peace of mind that everything is OK in those bins. This system controls the fans and turns them on only when itâ€™s beneficial for the grain."