Why choose Ahrens silos from the start?

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Storing freshly harvested grain for a range of purposes including best market pricing and animal fodder is achievable, provided you have the right silo solutions and practices in place.

 

At Ahrens our experienced team is on-hand to help you achieve your end goal and provide you with some expert industry advice to support your vision.

 

Q: What type of grains do farmers typically store in silos?

A: 1. Farmers store grain for seed to grow next year’s crop. Quality storage is needed to ensure the grain has optimum germination levels.

  1. Grain is stored for feed/fodder purposes – Used to bridge feed deficits in grazing systems, such as poor growth in winter or drought periods / Used to boost production or growth such as grain feeders in the paddock or grain fed to dairy cows to boost milk production / Grain is the basis of most intensive feeding systems, such as poultry and pigs and feedlots for cattle and lambs.
  2. Grain is also stored on-farm to facilitate harvest with modern harvesting equipment often operating faster than available trucks can take it off farm or bulk handlers can receive it.
  3. Finally, grain is stored for marketing purposes – To fulfil a supply contract / Segregate high-value products that the build handlers do not have a segregation or store for / To avoid selling in a period of low pricing, waiting for the market to rise / To move sales into the next financial year / To store with the aim of improving the product by blending or grading.

 

Q: What is the importance of maintaining grain integrity for today’s farmers?

A: Stored grain is a valuable asset with a standard 100T silo often containing between $25,000 to $60,000 worth of grain, depending on the product in store.

 

Q: How long can Ahrens flat bottom and transportable silos store your grains?

A: Grain is typically stored for less than 12 months on-farm, as storing past this time will impact cash flow in the business. However, grain can be stored longer if required, but even under the best storage conditions, the grain’s protein and energy levels may drop and germination levels are adversely affected over time. To store gains long-term, Ahrens recommends aeration and insect and pest controls.

 

Q: What leads to the quality of grains weakening?

High moisture levels. This is generally above 12 per cent but is dependent on grain type, E.g. canola is 8 per cent and can lead to mould and bacterial issues in stored grain. Grain stored at high moisture levels without adequate aeration for maintenance and ultimately drying out can spoil due to mould. This may also damage the silo it is stored in, through rust caused by heat and moisture. Cooling grain below 20 degrees will slow or prevent mould growth in stored grain.

 

Q: How do Ahrens silos help farmers prevent damaged grains?

A: Designed with effective aeration to control grain temperatures, Ahrens silos help to minimise damage from moisture and insects. Gastight sealed to AS 2628 standards allows for effective fumigation of insect pests.

 

Q: What makes Ahrens silos superior?

A: Ahrens’ investment in a national footprint of modern manufacturing facilities delivers large-scale efficiency and excellence at a “local level”. Our investment in an engineering review of our transportable silo range has led to widespread improvements that enhance the heritage they are built on.

 

Q: How does Ahrens silos and associated products compare in the market?

A: Ahrens’ silo quality is at the high-end of the field and their wide geographical footprint gives us greater access to a wide customer base and increase our ability to service our customers post sale.

 

Q: How does Ahrens’ team of professionals help farmers to achieve the right silo for their operation?

A: Experienced Ahrens staff are available to help with long-term planning for grain storage to ensure that any initial installations allow for expansion to meet future needs.

 

Give the Ahrens Rural team a call today to discuss your grain storage and silos needs on 1800 810 420.

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