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Project Profile: New Grain Systems for the Next Generation

Each year at FS Construction Services we get to interact with so many different clients, each with their own specific needs, hopes, and problems to solve. It’s not unusual with our agriculture clients for us to be working late in the summer, or even early fall, to get new grain storage systems installed or repaired as harvest quickly approaches. And we get it. Things break, yields are different than expected, the market changes. Farming will always have a certain unpredictability to it and sometimes all you can do is roll with the punches. Occasionally, however, we get the chance to work with someone who finds themselves in a position where they have the time and the resources to put some equipment in place to help navigate the unplanned things when they come.

Last summer, we had the opportunity to work with a client who was looking to add to his existing grain systems for future farmers. Initially, he was only looking to add a drying system to an existing bin, but as he began to think about the next generation of farmers on his land, he decided to do a little more planning. So we also built a brand-new 42’ tall, 7-ring grain bin with a bushel capacity of 34,000. This new structure would be an ideal cooling bin for the new drying system. As for that drying system, we installed a 30’ Shivvers system, which is able to dry 10,000 bushels per day. Additionally, we added two Blue Flame Fan and Heaters with Turbo Boosters.

Thankfully, our client was in a position to act on his forward thinking and should now be comfortably set for quite a long time. If you are in need grain storage or grain drying equipment, whether you’re looking to build something from the ground up or retrofit an existing structure, we have a wide variety of options and our expert team works quickly and efficiently. Additionally, if you have any questions about grain storage, 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: 36’ Bin Brings a Little Certainty to an Unpredictable World

36’ Grain Bin Brings a Little Certainty to an Unpredictable World

At FS Construction Services, many of our clients earn their living in an unpredictable world and industry. It may seem like we say it all the time, but for all the advances in technology that agriculture has seen over the past couple decades, farming is simply never something that is completely in a farmer’s control.

New Storage Grain Bin Prevents Spoilage of a Good Crop

This client, a fourth-generation farmer, probably knows that better than most. So last year when he saw himself facing down a good crop in a less than ideal market, he knew he needed to do something or risk losing what he had worked so hard for. With harvest looming, Nathan Koester and his team constructed a 36’ tall, 15-ring commercial storage grain bin with a capacity of 50,000 bushels. This storage bin, which also featured two 10hp fans with shutters, temperature cables, a power sweep, and an air system, will ensure our client has plenty of room to hold his crop for however long he wants to while keeping it at the temperature and humidity level he needs to prevent spoilage.

Sometimes, in the face of uncertainty, it’s helpful to have options. With some quick thinking and a call to us, our client now has some flexibility and a little extra peace of mind. Controlling the weather may be out of the question, but with good equipment and a thoughtful approach, it is possible to weather the storms when they inevitably come.

If you are in need new or updated grain storage, grain drying, or grain handling equipment, we have a wide variety of options and our expert team works quickly and efficiently. Additionally, if you have any questions about grain storage, 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: A 42’ Bin Just in Time

Project Profile: A 42’ Grain Bin Just in Time

At FS Construction Services, we often work with clients who experience a truly unique kind of time pressure in their jobs. Despite the advancement of seed and equipment technology, there will always be an element of farming that is completely out of the hands of those planting and harvesting. Time, for a farmer, whether it feels like there’s not enough or too much of it, will always be of the essence.

New Sukup Grain Bin Provides Storage for a Good Harvest

This was the case for a client of ours last August who found himself staring down an impending harvest with not enough storage to contain it. While this less than ideal scenario had an obvious solution, that didn’t mean it was an easy solution. Luckily, the client reached out to our team and we were able to begin and finish the job well within the client’s timeline.

Nathan Koester led the team responsible for constructing a 42 ft. tall, 9-ring Sukup grain bin capable of holding up to 42,700 bushels. In addition to the added capacity, we also installed two 10hp centrifugal fans, a spreader, stairs, and a horizontal unload.

More than just providing raw space, this grain storage unit will help keep the grain protected and well maintained so it can receive top dollar when the time comes. The structure itself has been designed to stand the test of time and weather, ensuring our client’s equipment will continue to work for him and not against him.

If you are in need of new or updated grain storage, grain drying, or grain handling equipment, we have a wide variety of options and our expert team works quickly and efficiently. Additionally, if you have any questions about grain storage, 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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Excited to Announce Our New Partner, Farm King

There are many things that have contributed to our success and longevity over the past 40-plus years, but one of the most important has been the many partners we have had the pleasure of working with during that time, and adding a new partner from time to time. These wonderful companies and manufacturers allow us to provide our customers with the highest-quality products at the best possible prices. Our grain systems have been some of our most popular products and, to continue to meet the need of our clients and make use of the most recent technology, we have regularly expanded our offerings and services provided, particularly in the field of grain drying, handling, and storage.

New Farm Equipment for Grain Drying, Handling & Storage

With this in mind, FS Construction Services is excited to announce that we are adding another manufacturer to our professional family. Farm King is an agricultural equipment company based in Canada with a network of warehouses and distributors throughout North America. Their expertise and top-tier product range make them an ideal partner for us.

Farm King is committed to durable, top-of-the-line equipment and we can’t wait to begin selling and installing their impressive line of augers. From conventional to utility to bolt-on hopper to backsaver to unloading augers, their catalog comes in a wide variety of features, sizes, and functions, to make sure that you have the exact equipment you need for the job. Their wide variety of augers will no doubt provide a great deal of options and customization for our customers for many years to come.

If you are in need of a new auger or are looking for any other kind of 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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5 Tips for Keeping Stored Grain in Top Shape

When it comes to keeping grain healthy and profitable, there are few things that can be as catastrophic and frustrating as improperly dried and stored grain. And while it may sound as simple as placing the grain in a bin, shutting the door, and leaving it alone for a while, proper grain storage is actually far more complicated. In fact, while poor grain quality, rot, and pests can create storage problems, it’s the mundane reality of uncontrolled temperatures that’s most likely to put grain out of condition.

With this in mind, we’ve decided to put together a series on grain drying and storage. To start with, we’ll go over some basic tips to keep in mind when drying grain. If, after reading this article, you’d like more information on any of these tips, take a look at our Grain Drying Manual.

  1. Grain aeration is key. Grain spoilage, brought on by heat and moisture, is a fast, snowballing type of process. Keeping grain well aerated helps prevent moisture and heat pockets from building inside a pile. Grain is never dried to 0% moisture content, but it’s crucial to keep moisture evenly distributed throughout the grain.
  2. Temperature is also key. During the cool months, grain at the top and along the sides of the bin will cool faster, while the grain in the center will stay warmer. As cool air presses down along the sides of the bin, warm air from the center will rise to the top of the bin. This air circulation will create condensation that can result in too much moisture. To prevent this, keep the grain temperature as even as possible, and close to the outside temperature.
  3. Keep grain well distributed and level. Broken kernels and fines will tend to congregate together, and because they’re broken, they’re most likely to mold first. Redistribution and spreading of grain will keep these mold pockets from starting and will help protect the rest of the grain.
  4. Keep grain above freezing. Frozen kernels not only plug systems and restrict airflow, but thawing frozen grain will result in condensation and unwanted moisture.
  5. Preventative insect control is far cheaper, better, and safer than rescue treatment methods after insects have already arrived. Clean equipment and evenly distributed grain go a long way towards preventing the spread of insects. Conversely, foreign material, mold, and high moisture are prime breeding conditions for insects. Grain can be treated if insects do become a problem, but the solution is almost always fumigation.

The importance of grain drying can’t be overstated and there is a lot to take into consideration, and we will get more in depth as we continue this series. As always, if you are in need of grain drying, grain storage, 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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Tips for Effective Grain Handling and Care

The team at FS Construction Services knows our customers understand the importance of proper grain collection and storage. Grain is sensitive, even delicate, and care must be taken to ensure its quality. It’s obvious that pests and diseases are harmful to grain, which is why it’s so important for equipment and storage systems to be cleaned and sealed. However, according to Illinois Ag News, even grain that’s been run through a “clean and properly adjusted combine can also be run through a grain cleaner to further remove fine materials on which insects can feed.” Research shows that a cleaner will improve the overall quality of your grain.

Generally, clean, dry grain requires less management overall. Harmful insects and mildew enjoy damp places, and when grain is stored without first being cleaned of all the extra fine material, it’s harder for air to move through the batch, allowing damp, moldy pockets to form. Additionally, it’s recommended to use a grain distributor, preventing fine material buildup. Without a distributor, the fine material can collect in the center of the grain mass, which, as you can imagine, creates poor aeration and moisture buildup.

The good news is that with a little extra work, you can avoid mold, rot, and pest damage to your grain.

  • Slow-drying grain reduces the amount of stress and damage on your kernels. Unbroken kernels clean better and sell better.
  • Similarly, operating grain handling equipment at lower speeds (and at capacity) will prevent unnecessary damage.
  • Handle grain as efficiently as possible. Each new step adds another opportunity for damage or contamination. Avoiding unnecessary grain handling will not only save time but might also save your batch.

It may seem easier to cut corners in the moment but treating grain with care can net long-lasting benefits and profits down the road.

If you are in the market for grain storage, 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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The Importance of Storage System Site Preparation

We all know why cleanliness matters, for people, houses, and pets. However, not everyone realizes just how important it is to keep the handling equipment and storage structures for grain clean. Or, as a recent Illinois Ag News article puts it, “Your grain will only be as clean as the site in which its handled and stored.” If you think about it for a moment, it makes sense, but not just because dirty grain sounds gross. Grain residue that hasn’t been cleaned up has a good chance of rotting or attracting insects, and moldy or pest-riddled grain leftover in the bottom of a bin can contaminate new grain that gets added. Fortunately, with just a little time and maintenance, spoiled grain is easily preventable thus, ensuring the highest possible quality and return on your investment.

The first step, naturally, is cleaning up after yourself, not just the actual storage bin itself either, but the various means of grain transportation like trucks, storage systems and drying, aeration, handling and transfer equipment. Grain is tiny and can get into small places, which, while annoying to clean, is a lot less annoying than the host of issues caused by rotten grain. To clean the surfaces where you will hold or transport grain, it is recommended to:

  • Sweep and vacuum where old grain has been. Clear out the old grain and get rid of its dust and residue.
  • Clean under the floor of the grain bin. If the floor can’t be removed, use a fumigant with aluminum phosphide (such as Weevil-cide) to clear out insects in the subfloor. (Note that aluminum phosphide, while effective, is also very toxic, and should be applied by a certified fumigator.)

Once the cleaning is done, there are some simple, preventative measures you can take to keep moisture and pests from affecting crops that will be stored in your grain bin.

  • Seal up cracks or gaps in the structure. Look for areas where light or moisture appears to be leaking in.
  • Areas around doors and hatches are susceptible to this, so be sure to check the seals.
  • Treat the interior surfaces of the bin with a residual bin spray two to three weeks before filling.

It may seem a bit like busy work, and to most people cleaning isn’t very fun, but the headaches you’ll save yourself down the road by following these simple instructions are well worth the effort.

If you are in the market for grain storage, 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: 30’ Grain Bin for Local Farm

One of the things we enjoy at FS Construction Services is that, even when the work is the same, the job is always different. Every client, every worksite, every timeline has its own unique set of circumstances, peculiarities, challenges, and joys.

Most projects feature their share of unique moments that make them stand out from the rest, whether it’s an unusual client request, incorporating various options or maybe even a unique location. While for many folks, the hour-by-hour, day-by-day grinding it out of doing the same kind of thing you did the day before can get monotonous, but not for us! At FS Construction Services our team looks at each individual project as a chance to shine and deliver the highest quality grain storage systems to meet (or exceed) the customers’ expectations. Such was the case on a recent project.

This project was unique and had to meet the client’s strict requirements. A 30’ tall, 6-ring Sukup grain bin with a bushel capacity of 14,700, a 24” axial fan for drying at a lower static pressure, a ladder with a safety cage, and an unload system.

What made this project stand out, however, was the great customer: a local, family-owned farm in need of some increased capacity. Our team of experts always makes a point to get to know our clients and figure out exactly what they need so we can build them the most useful, cost efficient structure available. Sometimes that means a client needs the most cutting edge, largest, most impressive equipment on the market. And other times, it simply means the client needs something that works, day in and day out, just like they do, just like we do.

If you are in need of any grain storage, 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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Preseason Discounts Still Available!

At FS Construction Services, we know that the holiday season is an important time of rest and relaxation for many. A time to hopefully unwind and focus on things that aren’t work related. We just wanted to let you know that when the time comes around for you to get back to thinking about all that needs to be done, our team we’ll be here to help.

One of the topics to keep top of mind are the multiple preseason discounts available from multiple manufacturers on superior Grain Storage and Handling systems. Our manufacturer partners are currently offering a number of discounts. So if you find yourself in the position where you’d like to get a jump on the next season, let us know. We can help you find the right offer that gets you what you need at the price you want. Additionally, securing your place on our construction calendar early guarantees you’ll have the work done when you need it, and won’t find yourself in a position where you have grain to store and no bin to store it in.

We know that life is unexpected and the market can be volatile, so whether you need additional storage for 2019, or you want to be able to store your harvest for as long as needed without it spoiling or rotting, please let us know. From helping determine the right equipment for the job to building a sturdy, dependable structure, our team of construction professionals are happy to work with you on any project.

If you are interested in taking advantage of our preseason pricing, feel free to contact Nathan Koester or Justen Kempfer, our FS Construction Services experts, at 866-551-3454. And be sure to check back with us often, we like to let our customers and clients know when there are new deals available.

If you are in need of grain storage, grain drying, or grain handling and transfer 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.

Gateway FS Construction Services preseason discounts

Preseason Discount Now Available!

At FS Construction Services, we know that the holiday season is an important time of rest and relaxation for many. A time to hopefully unwind and focus on things that aren’t work related. We just wanted to let you know that when the time comes around for you to get back to thinking about all that needs to be done, our team we’ll be here to help.

One of the topics to keep top of mind are the multiple preseason discounts available from multiple manufacturers on superior Grain Storage and Handling systems. Our manufacturer partners are currently offering a number of discounts. So if you find yourself in the position where you’d like to get a jump on the next season, let us know. We can help you find the right offer that gets you what you need at the price you want. Additionally, securing your place on our construction calendar early guarantees you’ll have the work done when you need it, and won’t find yourself in a position where you have grain to store and no bin to store it in.

We know that life is unexpected and the market can be volatile, so whether you need additional storage for 2019, or you want to be able to store your harvest for as long as needed without it spoiling or rotting, please let us know. From helping determine the right equipment for the job to building a sturdy, dependable structure, our team of construction professionals are happy to work with you on any project.

If you are interested in taking advantage of our preseason pricing, feel free to contact Nathan Koester or Justen Kempfer, our FS Construction Services experts, at 866-551-3454. And be sure to check back with us often, we like to let our customers and clients know when there are new deals available.

If you are in need of grain storage, grain drying, or grain handling and transfer 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.