Simple Tips for a Productive and Safe Harvest

Believe it or not, harvest season is already here. For many of our clients and many in our community this means weeks of high stress, little sleep, and hard work. At FS Construction Services we know a thing or two about working with a tight deadline. So in honor of your hard work, and in the interest of keeping you safe and productive during this busy time, here are some harvest-time suggestions and safety tips for your grain bins, dryers, and other equipment.

Large grain bins capable of storing thousands of bushels of crop and grain dryers that are able to quickly dry such huge amounts are a necessary part of agriculture. Unsurprisingly, proper safety and care taken in and around these incredibly helpful structures and equipment is a must for any successful harvest season. So here are a few things to bear in mind:

  • Never enter a grain bin without doing the following first: De-energize (turn off) and disconnect, lockout and tag, or block off all mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic equipment that presents a danger, particularly grain-moving equipment” (OSHA). Grain is not a stable surface, and when it’s moving, pockets can develop that will cause grain to act like quicksand.
  • Never enter a grain bin without alerting others. Make sure the person inside the bin always has someone keeping tabs on them, as well as a safety harness or boatswains chair should they need assistance.
  • Grain dust is very flammable, so be sure to regularly clean surfaces, filters, and other areas where excessive dust may accumulate.
  • Be careful not to overfill bin with grain. Not only does this prevent ventilation, but it can put unnecessary stress on your structure.
  • Plan regular inspections. Make sure chains and bearings are properly lubricated, ladders are secure, safety shields are present, etc.
  • Getting the most out of your harvest requires evenly dried grain. Inefficient dryers increase grain waste with overdried and under-dried product. Be sure to view our grain drying page if you are looking to increase the efficiency of your drying, whether with an upgrade or a whole new system.

If you are interested in viewing more safety tips, you can do so here. Meanwhile, if you are looking for more grain bin and grain dryer suggestions and tips, our partner GSI has a helpful page here. Additionally, be sure to get as much rest as you can during this busy season. When you’re out in the field, be sure to pack protein and calorie-rich food to keep your energy up and combat the tiredness such a hectic time of year often brings.

We wish you a safe and successful harvest! As always, if you have any equipment questions throughout harvest let Gateway FS Construction Services know. With lots of grain system expertise, from grain drying to grain storage to grain handling and transfer, we have over 40 years of experience and are always happy to help. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Project Profile: Storage Shed and Man Cave All-In-One

Some of our favorite projects at FS Construction Services involve the combination of practical application and customer imagination. It’s an exciting time when a customer has an idea for a custom building because we know it will test our creativity and ability to deliver a final product that matches and exceeds their unique vision.

Such was the case recently when a customer wanted to double up on the usefulness of his new pole barn. His concept was to build a machine/vehicle storage shed that was also comfortable enough to function as a good old fashioned ‘man cave’. With his input, plus guidance and recommendations from our team of professionals, the final plans were a perfect combination of form, function and fun. We designed and constructed a 36’ x 48’ x 16’ Walters structure with a 12’ porch that wraps around three sides of the building.

We worked with the customer to choose the right exterior, a color combination of dark grey wainscoting and light grey .28-gauge steel siding. Additionally, IECC-compliant Raynor overhead doors were installed. These rugged doors allow easy entrance for our customer’s camper, tractor, Bobcat, ATVs, and more, while also providing thermal insulation and preventing heat loss through the doors. The porch columns were constructed with a polypropylene material to eliminate structure deterioration and increase the building’s strength and longevity. Finally, lights and ceiling fans in the wrap-around porch completed our customer’s vision for comfort and hospitality.

When the FS Construction Services crew completed the project, our satisfied customer had a finished pole barn structure that included a 16’ x 24’ kitchenette and recreational space plus a loft and bathroom that completed the finished product he had imagined.

If there is a building project you have in mind, whether it is straightforward or requires some imagination, let Gateway FS Construction Services know. From wood to steel buildings, large or small, we do it all. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for or check out our featured projects. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

FS: Your Interior and Exterior Paint Project Experts

Our team of full-service interior & exterior paint service pros know there is nothing structural about paint. Paint cannot physically change the size or shape of a home or building. And yet, the right paint color in the right room, can really appear to do just that. FS Construction Services’ paint expert, Brian “Boomer” Garleb, has put together some simple, yet effective paint tips to follow if you would like to transform your home, farm, or business.

  • For sunrooms and/or waiting rooms. Whether you’re looking to create a tranquil space at your home or office, using blues or greens in your sunroom or waiting area is a great way to bring outdoor colors into your interior space. This help to foster a relaxing, comfortable room to spend time in. If you’re looking to provide a more vibrant, energetic space, yellows and oranges can give rooms liveliness and excitement.
  • For uniquely-shaped rooms. Most rooms are square or rectangle, making for straight lines and a sense of balance. However, when this isn’t the case, darker shades on the ceiling and floor will create a squared appearance.
  • For hallways and smaller spaces. Lighter shades will make small spaces appear larger and more open.
  • For longer hallways. Conversely, darker shades with a contrasting end wall will visually shorten long hallways.
  • For shelves, built-ins, and storage areas. Colors that contrast with the surrounding walls will add dimension and bring focus to the painted area.
  • For exterior buildings, barns & roofs. Power washing the space first to remove dirt, rust, oils and loose paint before applying primer and finish coats will extend paint life.

There are, of course, many more ways to use paint to your advantage. With thousands of colors available from our partners at Valspar, and accurate color-matching tools, FS Construction Services has everything you need to transform your space. We’ve even provided a link to some paint FAQ’s.

If you’re just looking to freshen up a single room or get that new coat of paint on multiple rooms before fall and coming holidays, let the experts at Gateway FS Construction Services know. Check out our paint services brochure or give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Project Profile: New USC Pumps for Seed Treatment Operation

Much of the time, the project profiles we share end up being about space: larger grain bins, greater-capacity animal feed systems, upgrading or adapting existing equipment to work with newly-installed equipment, etc. For this profile, we would like to highlight how, from the smallest detail to the biggest picture, FS Construction Services is there for our client every step of the way.

This past March, we installed seven new Loss in Weight and Pump Stands at a seed dealer’s location. Our customers treating program is very particular, utilizing multiple pumps which allows the end user to treat incredibly specific recipes per their customer’s request. This set up was designed to be run by an automated system with an electronic panel touchscreen which controls oz/cwt or oz/scu application rates.

However, the FS Construction Services team’s involvement doesn’t end at installation. After all of the new USC equipment had successfully been put into place, we wanted to make sure our client felt comfortable using the new equipment and control interface. In order to guarantee this, on startup day, we sent a member of our team to treat as much seed as the customer desired, so they could see firsthand how to operate the new equipment and feel at ease taking control of it.

At FS Construction Services, we understand that many of our clients have jobs that require great attention to detail and equipment capable of precision. We have the same approach when it comes to our customers, from helping them choose the right equipment to installing and teaching them how to use that equipment. Our goal is that each and every client we have will not only end up with the right tools, but the right understanding of those tools, so they can carry on with their jobs comfortably and effectively.

If you have any questions on how to maximize your operations grain system or seed treatment equipment, let the team at Gateway FS Construction Services know. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Preventative Conveyor Maintenance

For most people, the least enjoyable part of any job is cleaning up the mess after it’s done. However, when it comes to machinery and equipment, maintenance and cleaning, we at FS Construction Services want to stress that it is one of the most important factors determining longevity and efficiency of your valuable equipment.

It is important to note that our expert team strongly recommends scheduling routine maintenance checks. Annually, we do so for all types of your key equipment including grain drying, aeration, storage, handling or transfer equipment. Yet, there are many self-maintenance items you can conduct on your own.

Because things are usually much easier to digest in list form, here’s a checklist straight from our partner USC on preventative conveyor maintenance for different types of conveyors.

Bin Gates/Under Bin Conveyor

  • Check bin gates for leftover seed buildup
  • Purge water/oil separator and the air compressor tank to remove moisture
  • Clean conveyor tail section to prevent beans from rotting while not in use
  • Remove and clean tail section side covers
  • Inspect motor drive cover for debris and animal nests (birds, wasps, etc.)
  • Grease bearings (1 pump – do not over grease)
  • Inspect additional parts (sprockets, chain, v belt, etc.)

Bin Fill Conveyor

  • Clean conveyor tail section to prevent beans from rotting while not in use
  • Align and tension drive belt and chain
  • Clean motor cover
  • Grease bearings (1 pump – do not over grease)
  • Inspect belt cleats and splice for excessive wear
  • If stored inside, cover the inlet hopper

Inlet/Outlet Conveyor

  • Inspect conveyor cords for damage, nicks, or exposed wires
  • Inspect belt cleats and splice for excessive wear
  • Clean/soak hopper brushes if there is chemical buildup
  • Clean conveyor tail section to prevent beans from rotting while not in use
  • Grease bearings (1 pump – do not over grease)

If you have any maintenance or operating questions regarding your machinery or you are looking to replace or purchase grain drying, grain storage, or grain handling equipment, let the team at Gateway FS Construction Services know. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

FS Construction Services Expands Customer Service Experience

FS Construction Services is pleased to welcome new hire Nathan Bleem to our already knowledgeable and dedicated team. New hires are always an exciting time for us, not only because it means more hands to the plow here, but because it also means we have more resources and more expertise to give to you, our customers.

Nathan will be focused on inside sales and customer services, and will also be providing additional support to the other FS Construction Reps with their projects. “Ensuring the best possible customer experience is at the center of what we do,” said Greg Birchler, Operations Manager at FS Construction Services, “and adding Nathan to our team will help deliver on that promise.” Nathan will be providing support in many areas including:

Whether you have purchasing questions, product questions, or you’re looking to build new or upgrade existing buildings or equipment, please feel free to contact the service professionals at FS Construction Services. We will be happy to assist you and can inform you of any current discount programs offered by our partners, including: USC, Sukup, Brock, GSI, Shivvers, and more.

We hope you’ll join us in welcoming Nathan to FS Construction Services. We are excited to have him on the team. As always, if you have any questions on buildings, grain systems, seed systems, doors, roofing, or more, let the team Gateway FS Construction Services know. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Project Profile: 27’ Sukup Grain Bin with Accessories

Sometimes it’s more than just a big storage bin that gets the job done. At FS Construction Services, we know that each customer has a different set of circumstances and a different set of needs. Because of this, our grain system experts take the time to identify the right storage solution and ensure it is outfitted with the proper accessories. This attention to detail is the only way to make sure a project is as efficient and functional as possible.

When it comes to grain drying, storage capacity is unquestionably important. A bountiful harvest is no good if there is nowhere to dry and store the results of your hard work. Similarly, you can have all the space in the world for drying and storage, but if that space does not control moisture, you’ll end up with rotten grain. Choosing the right accessories for your grain bin can be as crucial as choosing the right grain bin itself.

Recently, we were able to help a customer not only find the right structure for their expanding operation, but also the right equipment to ensure that operation’s success. After meeting with the customer and determining their needs, we built a 27’ 6-ring Sukup grain bin with a capacity of over 11,000 bushels. However, knowing that they were harvesting in high-moisture conditions, we also installed a FASTIR stir machine, which will reduce moisture variation from top to bottom in the stirred grain, and will help provide more evenly dried grain throughout. Additionally, we mounted an LP heater, a fan to provide necessary airflow, and finally, to complete the structure, we installed an 8” horizontal unload with power sweep so our clients can make fast work of their bin clean out process.

The customer not only received all the space they needed, but the ability to effectively condition all the grain that goes into that new space. If you are looking for a new grain bin, drying equipment or grain handling and transfer solution, let the team at Gateway FS Construction Services know. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

 

Sukup’s Pre-Season Summer Saving – Order by July 31

While it’s not yet time for harvest, it is the perfect time to make sure you are going into harvest season prepared. In order to make sure you have the equipment you need come autumn, Sukup Manufacturing is running a once-a-year kind of deal on their grain bins, and FS Construction Services is excited to extend the offer to our customers.

  • 10% discount on Sukup grain bin
  • 15% discount on Sukup grain bin package
  • PLUS, add grain handling and material handling products to your order and receive the same discount!

Through July 31, purchase a new grain bin and receive a 10% discount or purchase a new grain bin package receive a 15% discount. Taking advantage of these savings will be a great way to update old equipment or ensure you have enough storage space for harvests to come. Either way, you get the assurance of a successful year and quality Sukup products.

Although its only midsummer now, fall will be here before you know it, so act quickly to make sure you have everything you need when harvest comes. Have any questions about the offer, or want to discuss the best way to customize your Sukup bins to suit your needs? The professionals at FS Construction Services have the knowledge, skill and answers you need. We are always happy to help.

These Sukup Pre-Season Summer Savings Discounts are only available through July 31. So, contact the team at FS Construction Services and see just how much money 10% or 15% savings puts back in your pocket.

If you are looking for a new grain bin, drying equipment or grain handling and transfer solution, let the team at Gateway FS Construction Services know. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Real Steel: Get the Right Building for the Right Price

We’ve written before about the benefits of steel buildings, but we often find that we can’t stress enough just how adaptable and durable steel buildings really are. Because steel is so strong, and element resistant, it has a nearly limitless number of options and structural possibilities. FS Construction Services has steel building options for agriculture, manufacturing, retail, medical, athletic, government, and more. Basically, if you can imagine it, you can count on our building and construction professionals to design an incredibly efficient solution to your needs.

Of course, we know that a few things have to happen to take you from imagining your building to walking inside of it, and that’s where we believe some of our best work is done. We know that our partners at Sukup and Butler Manufacturing engineer strong, customizable structures that have proven reliability and durability. What we’ve been striving towards over the years is how to make that space in between “what if” and end product as smooth as possible.

The team at FS Construction Services has been trained to listen to potential customers, not make up their minds for them. We believe that our customer’s job is to come up with their dream building, and our job is to make that building happen. Different buildings will have different functions and we don’t adhere to a one-building-fits-all approach. Steel is customizable and so are we.

Thanks to pre-punched purlins, girts, and eaves, our steel buildings are assured to fit properly and install quickly. Factory-welded clips make for fewer bolts and fewer construction materials, which means multiple options and controllable construction cost. And while steel buildings are able to provide clear spans up to 200’ for massive open areas, if money is a bigger issue than uninterrupted space, then we can build a multi-span structure to reduce cost. Our experts can design the building you want within a budget that works for you.

We could go on and on, really. And just so we’re clear, our love for steel doesn’t take away from our love of wood buildings. If you have a building in mind but aren’t sure whether you want wood or steel for the job then we’ll be happy to help. Have questions about your next building project? Let Gateway FS Construction Services answer your questions. Simply give us a call at 866-551-3454! We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

 

Shivvers Link promo

Monitor Your Grain Drying Operation and Save Up To $500

We’ve all had it happen, you have multiple projects running simultaneously but can only be in one place at a time.  That used to be a problem but not anymore.  With SHIVVERS Link, you can now tend to other important needs on your farm while maintaining access to monitor your drying operation – from nearly anywhere.

SHIVVERS Link provides you the opportunity to stay connected with your grain dryer 24/7. All you need is Internet access and you can monitor dryer operation and even review historical information. Shivvers Link can be configured to send text message alerts when limits are reached, or errors arise. Benefits of the SHIVVERS Link system include:

  • Easily Installs in Existing CompuDry Command Center
  • Does Not Require a Land Line Internet Connection
  • Dryer Operational Data Viewable by Smart Phone, Tablet or Personal Computer
  • Historical Dryer Data is Accessible Anywhere You Have Internet Access*
  • Receive Alert Text Messages
  • First Year Data Service Included*
  • Control Dryer Remotely When Used with the SHIVVERS Premier Control Panel
  • Compatible with Android and Apple Smart Phones, Tablets and Personal Computers

Plus, place your order by July 14th and you can receive it equipped with the first year of data service at no cost as well as a certificate for a second year of data at no charge.  That is a savings of $250 per year – and $500 total.

If you are interested in adding remote monitoring capabilities to your operation, then contact the grain system experts at FS Construction Services to find out more.

Let the team of experts at Gateway FS Construction Services help you with all you grain system, wood and steel building, seed treatment and maintenance needs.  You can give us a call at 866-551-3454.  We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

*Requires acceptable level of cell data availability.