New grain system improves marketing efficiency and flexibility – Ohio Ag Net

The completion of a new grain system this fall has allowed J Adams Farms to harvest corn more efficiently and market that grain more effectively. The new system was completed at the Mount Sterling, Ohio farm in mid-October, just in time for the start of harvest.

Farm owner Justin Adams previously sold most of his corn at harvest for ethanol production.

“I was wasting time hauling the grain to the silo and waiting in line for hours,” he said. “Having my own grain system is much more efficient and will allow me to eliminate a truck or two while harvesting corn.”

Along with improving efficiency, Adams said the new system also gives him greater marketing flexibility. Previously, some of his maize was stored in two smaller bins on his farm site. But without a dryer, he was only able to keep this grain for a limited time. These smaller bins are now used exclusively for storing soybeans.

Pictured with their new GSI cereal system is Justin Adams, his wife Jessica, their daughter Oaklee and their dog Jax. The Adams are also expecting twin girls.

“Before, we were always in a rush to sell our maize on April 1 when the weather started to warm up,” he said. “With increased storage capacity and a dryer, we can hold our maize for a few more months, until July or August, and capitalize on some end-of-season bonuses if they are available. Before, we weren’t able to do that. »

The new system, designed and installed by local GSI dealer Sims Construction, includes:

  • Two 48 foot diameter dry storage silos, each with a capacity of 90,000 bushels, and a 42 foot diameter, 40,000 bushel wet grain storage silo. Together they provide 220,000 bushels of storage capacity.
  • A portable dryer that can dry 500 to 600 bushels per hour at 5-point moisture removal.
  • A 1,700 bushel per hour air system that moves grain from the dryer to the dry storage silos.

Adams also added floodlights that illuminate the entire site.

“The lights automatically run from dusk to dawn in case we need to work later at night,” he said. “I attach great importance to lighting, not only for convenience, but also for safety. I usually walk around with a flashlight, and that’s not the best option.

As harvest began, Adams was pleased with the speed and efficiency of the new system. “A grain truck regularly enters the field every 20 to 30 minutes. We have never experienced this before,” he said.

He’s also impressed with the Vision Series WatchDog system, which allows remote monitoring of dryer functions such as humidity, temperature and dryer status from his smartphone or other accessible device. the Web.

In addition to meeting current storage needs, the new grain system has been designed to also support future growth. The second phase will improve grain handling speed and capacity by installing a 1,100 bushel dump pit to hold the corn while it is transported from the field and a new wet leg to move that grain to the wet storage bin. . Over time, the site is designed to add up to three more 90,000 bushel dry storage bins with little or no change to infrastructure.

“As a young farmer, I may want to expand my operation and add acres if the opportunity arises,” said Adams, 38. “The site is landscaped and electricity is in place to support expansion plans.”

Nick Rothbrust, project manager for Sims Construction, said planning for growth is a smart and profitable strategy.

“The room for growth is really important because you pick up more acres in the future,” he said. “When investing in a new grain system, make sure the plans include the capacity for growth and factor that into the layout. You don’t want to have to remove or move something you just installed in a few years. »

In addition to Sims Construction, Adams expressed his gratitude to everyone involved for their role in the new grain system.

“It turned out to be magnificent, and I’m really proud of it,” he said.

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