The Benefits Of An On-Farm Grain Shed Solution

DATE POSTED: Feb 28, 2017 1:11:39 PM
POSTED BY: Wheatbelt Steel

It seems that farmers across Western Australia have decided to take grain storage into their own hands with interest in shed storage solutions growing thanks to their multi-functional ability.

Growers with on-farm storage have the opportunity to delay the sale of their crops to take advantage of the market fluctuations, maximising returns. Growers have paid for their new grain sheds in as little as two years by taking advantage of these opportunities.

It is predicted that in less than 10 years, more than 50% of farms will have their own on-farm storage systems. Not long ago grain shed sales were seasonal, usually only around harvest time when it was front of mind for farmers. In recent times however we have seen a change with grain sheds being ordered year long, allowing farmers to avoid issues and capitalise on opportunities all year round.

Other benefits of on-farm Grain Shed storage include:

  • The ability to blend grains and optimise specifications
  • Sheds can provide dual-purpose functionality, allowing storage of other products including fertiliser and machinery
  • Sheds can be continually used and have a retained value on-farm with a service life expected to exceed 30 years
  • It gives growers flexibility to take advantage of lower transport costs available outside peak time
  • On-farm storage gives growers opportunities to sell during times of higher grain prices
  • Grain and extreme weather conditions don’t mix. Steel grain sheds will prevent grain form spoiling.
  • Effective ventilation and free flowing air prevents moisture from getting in and keeps your grain in pristine condition

When weighing up the benefits versus the cost of a grain shed solution, work it out on a dollars per tonne basis. By having an on-farm grain shed, you will experience multiple financial benefits thanks to improvements in harvest logistics or timelines, market premiums, freight savings and the ability to clean, blend or dry grain to add value.

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