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Project Profile: 4,000 Bushel New Grain System

Here at FS Construction Services, we have worked in the agriculture world for so long that we have settled on that most basic principle of farming certainty: there is no certainty at all. And while it’s true that this has always been the case, there are some things that can be done about it, for example planning a new grain system.

 

New Grain System for the Future

 

Many farmers turn to utilizing their grain storage capabilities as a means to weather storms (literally and figuratively), wait for a better market, and deal with unexpected yields without worrying about waste. This was the case with a recent client who asked us to come help them add a little security and convenience to their operation.

After talking with the client about their needs, Nathan Koester and his team built a 7-ring tall, 18’ diameter storage bin with a capacity of 4,000 bushels. While it’s certainly not the largest project we’ve ever worked on, it was done in the interest of foresight and planning. This Brock structure was constructed as a surge tank and also features two 12” fans allowing our client to store their grain longer term if needed. That way, whether the mill is closed for the weekend, or our client needs to hang onto their grain for some other unforeseen reason, they have the capacity to hold the grain and keep it from spoiling in the process.

It’s a simple solution, but one that can pay out dividends in the future. And while it doesn’t control the weather or the market, it does add a little security for when the weather or the market are a little out of control.

If you are in need of adding more grain storage, or if you are in the market for grain drying or grain handling equipment, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. 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.

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Project Profile: Sukup Grain Bin Storage

We talk a lot about grain storage here at FS Construction Services. Keeping your grain protected and secure while you wait on the right time to sell seems like an easy enough idea to grasp in theory. But in practice, grain bin storage involves a high number of variables and requires a good structure and properly working equipment to ensure that the grain is at top quality when you need it most.

New Grain Bin Storage System

 

Over the years we have worked on countless grain bin sites adding new storage, updating equipment, helping farmers grow their capacity, and so on. The fact remains, no matter how big or how small a site is, there are some basic fundamentals that you can count on to give you the space and peace of mind you need for healthy grain.

This was the case recently when Nathan Koester and his team constructed a new grain system on the a client’s farm. The 42’ in diameter Sukup grain bin is 6-rings tall and has a capacity of 28,900 bushels. The bin also includes exterior stairs for safe roof access, a centrifugal fan to help with airflow and a powersweep.

While certainly not the largest site we’ve worked on, this job includes all of the basic fundamentals required for a successful operation. The new bin will provide our client with the space they need and the knowledge that their grain is secure, well treated, and ready for use at the ideal time.

If you are in need of adding more grain storage, or if you are in the market for grain drying or grain handling equipment, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. 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.

 

 

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Is Additional Grain Storage Worth It?

Here at FS Construction Services, we have great respect for the dedicated friends, neighbors, and clients who work in the agricultural industry. Farming is a difficult, though often underappreciated job, and of course, there are never any guarantees. Farmers work hard and are often at the mercy of elements outside of their control. However, there are measures that some farmers have taken to create added flexibility and profitability to their yearly yields: adding grain storage. Is additional grain storage worth it?

 

Why You Might Need Additional Grain Storage

 

The more grain you are able to store, the more ability you have to take advantage of better prices during more in-demand times. Of course, increased grain storage has a cost, so it’s worth thinking through risk/reward of it all before making any decisions.

There are storage calculators out there that can help you work through realistic prices, historical averages, and so on, as you decide how much storage you might want to add to your site. Speaking of that, it’s no good adding more storage if you have no means of marketing your capacity. There is also the risk of waiting too long to sell. Grain won’t last forever and eventually you’ll need to move it. So taking an approach of additional storage means also bringing on the responsibility of having a good plan in place.

Another upside of adding more grain storage is that it brings generational value. It’s not likely that grain storage is going to get any cheaper in the years to come, and the bigger you build, the better value you get in your storage. So while the capability may seem absurd now, it could be the deal of a lifetime in 10 years.

There is a lot of great information out there on farmers who have gone this route and what they have learned in the process. If you do have any questions about grain storage options, or if you simply need to upgrade some old equipment, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. 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.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Whether or not you are ready for it, the season of happy holidays has quickly come upon us and soon we will be saying goodbye to 2023. Before you know it, thoughts of spring will invade these long nights and plans for planting, new construction, or updating old equipment will begin to sneak in. But before we get to that point, we hope that you are able to take some time at the end of this year and enjoy some time to yourself, time with friends and family, and find some rest in the steady churn of days.

 

Happy Holidays from FS Construction Services

 

From our family here at FS Construction Services, we want to wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and a peaceful holiday season. We are so grateful for the clients, friends, and family we get to spend our year working alongside. It truly is a joy to be a part of this community and we appreciate each year we get to do this work we love.

We continue to be inspired by the hard work and dedication we see around us every day. From the farmers to the businesses to the families that we have the pleasure of meeting and supporting in their work throughout the year. We don’t take the opportunity to work with such wonderful people for granted and we appreciate your continued trust in our business and the work that we do.

We are looking forward to finding out what exciting things 2024 will bring!

 

As always, we are here for any of your buildinggrain systemseed systemroofinggarage door, and painting needs. If you have any questions at all, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. 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.

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Grain System Maintenance: Get a Head Start

Here at FS Construction Services, we are pretty big fans of getting a head start on purchasing, maintenance, and just about everything else for that matter. In the world of agriculture there are so many moving parts, and those parts are exposed to all sorts of weather extremes each year, the importance of regular maintenance is essential. However, getting started on grain system maintenance with a timeline that actually allows you to make adjustments or repairs before you actually need to use a piece of equipment will save you a lot of stress, headaches, and money.

 

Save Money and Stress: Early Grain System Maintenance

 

Additionally, if you are in need of a grain system repair, the sooner you request it, the less trouble you’re likely to have with shipping times or parts shortages.

So we know harvest is barely behind us, but we wanted to give you some tips to get a huge head start on the season this coming year.

  • Check control boards, safety sensors, electrical boxes, and gas controls
  • Inspect handling equipment, conveyors, buckets, and so on
  • Sweep and clean interiors
  • Treat exterior surfaces for mold, mildew, and pests
  • Inspect vents to make sure airflow isn’t blocked
  • Check for leaks, rust, or any other sign of damage, rot, or deterioration
  • Check door seals
  • Make sure supply lines and burners are clear of debris
  • Always be sure to turn off, disconnect, or block off mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, or pneumatic equipment
  • Wear protective equipment and fall protection when working in or around your grain bin

You might be able to perform many of these maintenance items yourself, but if you give yourself a head start you will have plenty of time to schedule a maintenance professional. If you are in need of any grain system repair or equipment, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. 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.

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Bleem Profile: Troubleshooting and Customer Support

As we have been taking the time here at FS Construction Services to highlight some of our outstanding team members, it has provided us with a great opportunity to take a look at the services we offer and understand better how positioned we are to respond to the needs, questions, and problems of our clients and customers.
 

Customer Support is the Core of What We Do

 
This has been especially apparent in discussing our Service and Sales Support specialist Nathan Bleem. Since Nathan walks with our clients through every step of the process, he is often at the receiving end of lots of questions, and therefore has to provide lots of answers.

Any major project is going to have its fair share of required troubleshooting, but the kind of support Nathan provides happens throughout the process and not just after something has been constructed. Often our clients present a logistical problem before the build and Nathan has to figure out the solution.

For instance, when a client wants to increase the height of their existing grain bin, the job isn’t just a matter of figuring out where to add rings to increase the height, but it’s also figuring out which manufacturer’s components will work with what is already in place. Figuring that out first prevents problems down the road.

Similarly, clients often present us with a variety of storage, handling, drying, construction, and pricing questions. Our job is to find the right solution to these before anything is built, which means making a decision based on acreage, expected yields, drying needs, and more.

While it’s a lot of conversation up front, it saves future headaches and gives our clients a better understanding of cost and timing. Thanks to Nathan’s incredible knowledge and understanding of the process, we are able to provide this service in partnership with our clients, making for a smoother, better process all around.

If you have a project in mind that you would like to discuss, or if you are in need of grain systems, buildings, seed systems, or more, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. 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.

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Veterans Day: A Day to Remember

Here we are at the homestretch of the year where each day seems like it’s speeding towards the next one and each holiday and gathering seems like it’s going to overlap with another holiday or gathering. It is often an exciting, tiring, and busy time of year. This busyness can also get in the way of the thing that most people are trying to do at this time, which is slow down, relax, and take stock of things.

FS Construction Services Remembers Veterans Day

While Veterans Day is nationally recognized, it can get lost in the shuffle of everything else going on this time of year. It’s why we here at FS Construction Services like to always make a point to draw attention to it and express our gratitude for the brave men and women who have served our country. Many of them are our family, our friends, and our clients.

As we like to say, we get to do what we love because of the sacrifices of our veterans, and that is certainly a reason to pause, reflect, and be grateful for the freedoms we have been afforded. So I hope you will join us on November 11 as we offer our gratitude to those who have served, both near and far. We are thankful for your service and the sacrifice your service required.

As always, FS Construction Services is here for your buildinggarage doorgrain systemseed systemroofing, and other needs. Our group of experts and specialists are always happy to answer your questions, give you advice, or help you in any way. Please feel free to reach out to Gateway FS Construction Services. 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.

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Project Profile: Grain Bin Project in Winter

One of the realities of living in the Midwest is that you’re forever at the mercy of its temperamental seasons. Sure, there is the general pattern in which spring becomes summer becomes autumn becomes winter, but outside of those general guidelines, pretty much anything goes. And while we wouldn’t have it any other way, it’s also true that the work we do at FS Construction Services is often dependent upon some level of atmospheric cooperation, and this grain bin project certainly benefited from that.

 

Winter Cooperated for this Grain Bin Project

 

Now, it’s easy to think of this in only negative terms. Rain when it is supposed to be dry, cold when it is supposed to be warm, finally dry and warm but so windy anything not bolted down is in danger of becoming a kite. However, an occasional upside of this life is that sometimes you have a winter so comparatively temperate to previous years, that you can get a lot of work done. Such was the case earlier this year when we had a much easier time of building in January.

Our client was ready to start the year off with a preseason jump, and thanks to an obliging month, we were able to make that happen. Nathan Koester and his team quickly constructed a 36 ft. in diameter, 7-ring tall, Sukup grain bin with a capacity of 21,000 bushels. Additionally external stairs were added for safe and easy access, a horizonal power sweep was installed, and a centrifugal fan was added for quiet and efficient operation.

All in all, our client was ready to roll into spring with brand new grain storage and might not have even needed to brush the snow off of it. If you are in need of upgrading your grain storage, grain drying, or grain handling, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. 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.

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Bleem Profile: Helping the Customer Get What They Want

Recently here at FS Construction Services, we have begun to highlight our team members to give you a better idea of the work that we do and how we specifically work with clients to meet their needs. Each one of our specialists really do become masters in their areas and the reason we have been able to work with so many different people on so many different projects over the years is because of our team’s expertise, creativity, and wealth of knowledge. In short, they are helping the customer get what they want.

 

Bleem Provides Top Notch Customer Service

 

But none of that experience would count for much if we weren’t able to work with our clients to find the right solution at the right time. Because Nathan Bleem manages the logistics for each of our projects, including the creation of CAD drawings, and ordering parts, he is one of the most crucial steps in actually delivering a product that meets our client’s needs.

When asked if customers always know what they want or if they ask FS Construction Services to provide a solution, Nathan said, “In many instances, we bring clients the solutions that they asked for and an option we truly feel will work best for them. We know what will work and what will not work, even if a project calls for marrying components from various manufacturers.”

We know that most of our customers come in with a vision, and our job is to get as close to that vision as we can, while still offering them solutions that won’t put them in a bind years down the road. One of the reasons we’re able to do that is because of Nathan. His care for our clients and his mind that’s predisposed to problem solving makes him an ideal partner in our line of work.

If you have a project in mind that you would like to discuss, or if you are in need of grain systems, buildings, seed systems, or more, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. 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.

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Project Profile: Grain Bin Built in Preseason

Last winter was a bit of an unusual one. We imagine there were probably many disappointed children (and many relieved parents) when the promise of sledding simply couldn’t be fulfilled because there wasn’t much snow. However, we like to look at the positives here at FS Construction Services, and one of the upsides of our relatively snow-less winter was that it ended up being a great time for easier preseason building and allowed clients to get further ahead of the curve.

 

Preseason Building of Grain Bin Storage

 

This was the case for one of our clients last January who was in need of some additional grain storage. Thanks to some cooperative weather, we were able to quickly complete construction on a 6-ring tall, 30’ in diameter storage bin. This Sukup grain bin has a capacity of 14,000 bushels and also included two down augers, an incline unload head with power sweep, and finally an exterior staircase for safe and convenient access. When all was said and done, the new structure was built and our client was able to begin the year with the comfort of knowing plenty of storage would be available when needed.

While we can’t always guarantee smooth and calm weather, we can certainly proclaim the benefits of preseason building. Of course, we know that time and circumstance doesn’t always allow, but if you can plan ahead and schedule your grain storage, drying, or handling needs, you will set yourself up for less worry and trouble down the road when time and circumstance may not be so generous.

If you are in the market for new, additional, or updated grain systems, or any other type of building, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. 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.