Grain storage in fabric structures:
Fabric structures are ideal for grain storage, giving a flexible approach as to how excess grain stockpiles can be managed at harvest. They are water and UV proof so they keep the grain dry and protected from the weather. Many farmers use large square hay bales as temporary dividers between grains and across the ends to increase capacity.
The fabric structure for grain storage can be secured to the ground with driven star pickets. This not only saves having to have concrete foundations, but the paddock can be returned to use after the grain storage is no longer needed. The standard widths for grain storage fabric structures are 21m and 26m wide and whatever length you require. A 26m x 45m structure will store approximately 2,000 tons of grain.
Open ends or partial end walls can be used. If you are storing grain for a longer term the edges can be sealed with earth along the sides to give a seal. The ends can be sealed up to a partial end wall with a temporary wall to fill in each end. This will give a seal to enable fumigation of the stockpile.
Fabric structures of the same size can be joined together with a fabric joining strip that covers the small gap between the two shelters butted up to each other. If you have several farms in different climatic areas, if you have a bumper crop on one farm and a low yield on the other, your are able to shift your fabric structure to the grain, saving costly cartage expenses.
In years where you do not require the grain shelter for storage it is available for storing other produce or equipment. They can also be utilised as a sheep holding structure if there is adverse weather after shearing, protecting the stock from the harsh elements.
In an age where our business models are constantly changing investing in fabric structures as a multi use building is something that makes good business sense.
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