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County Fair Season in Full Swing

At FS Construction Services we always love it when July comes around because it’s county fair month. Few things feel like summer more than the music, food, games, and entertainment of a county fair. Much of our work, whether it’s buildings, grain systems, seed system or more, takes place in the world of agriculture, and it’s always great to see that world opened up for and enjoyed by the many guests of these fairs. Lucky for us, where we’re located, we have the benefit of having two close by.

The first one is the Randolph County Fair, which takes place from July 12 to July 20 in Sparta. Traditionally, this fair features a variety of food, 4H shows, animal judging, and a tractor and truck pull.

The next week, the Monroe County Fair in begins in Waterloo. From July 21 to July 28 you’ll be able to enjoy all the carnival-type games, foods, and rides that you would expect as well as rooster crowing contests, demolition derby, figure 8, horse shows, and more. The 72nd year of this great event is sure to bring the same joy and fun it always has. Additionally, the Monroe County Fair features a few free admission nights, so anyone can come and have a great time.

To read more about this year’s Monroe County Fair you can visit monroecounty-fair.org and to read about last year’s Randolph County Fair you can visit here.

As always, you can reach out to us for any building, grain system, seed system, roofing, garage door, or other service needs. We are always happy to work with our clients on finding the best possible solutions, whether it’s a complex job or a simple task, and we’re happy to answer questions and troubleshoot problems when they arise.

We invite you to contact us today at Gateway FS Construction Services and experience the value, quality and service you deserve. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

 

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The Privilege of Serving

Every Fourth of July we like to look back and remember that even though life is full of setbacks, difficulties, and trials, we are also tremendously fortunate to live where we do and enjoy the freedoms we have. At FS Construction Services, it has been our privilege to work closely alongside so many dedicated and tireless men and women who willingly give up a little bit of their own freedom, working long hours, weekends, in all kinds of weather, so we can have food on our tables.

It’s our privilege to work with the client who wants to preserve a small piece of history by putting time, effort, and money into the restoration of an old building. Or provide a new coat of paint to the local Police and Fire Department buildings so they can enjoy the feeling of coming to work in a fresh environment.

We have loved all the ways, small and big, that we have been able to be a part of this community for the past 40-plus years. And while the work is what takes to any given job site, it’s the people there that remind us why we keep going, building, and serving.

We wish you and your family and friends a wonderful Fourth of July holiday. We hope you’re able to take some time to find joy and appreciation in what you have and the company of those around you. Maybe even spend a minute reflecting on the words that Lee Greenwood so wonderfully placed into the song “Proud to be an American”. We are so very fortunate to live not only in the U.S.A. but in the heart of the heartland.

To those of you we’ve had the pleasure to work with, we hope to see you around, and to those we have yet to meet, we would love the chance to help you with any building, grain, seed, roofing, or other construction needs. But even more than that, we would love a chance to get to hear your story and discover the ways that you have served and built up those around you. 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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Huge Summer Savings on Seed Treatment

For many folks in the Midwest, it’s felt like it’s taken forever for summer to finally arrive. Now that it’s officially here, hopefully we’re in store for some sunny days and lots of time with family and friends. We know for many of our clients in the farming community this has been a tough year, and we wholeheartedly hope it improves from here on out. While we wish we could guarantee strong yields and cooperative weather, we can, at the very least, let you know of a pretty nice summer offer if you’re in the market for a new seed treatment system.

Thanks to our partners at USC Seed Treating Solutions, you have a couple of savings options available to you if you’re looking to upgrade your seed treating equipment.

  1. Additional Discounts: Any order that’s placed between June 17 and July 31 and scheduled to ship before November 1 will receive up to a 30% discount.
  2. LPX Lite Package Deal: This deal includes an LPX Lite Treater, an LIW Stand or 80 Unit Tall Hopper, two to four PS40 Series Pump Stands, up to two Conveyors, and an optional Hopper with Bag Cutter. If ordered between June 17 and July 31, this package will receive a 35% discount.

Justen Kempfer, our Seed Treatment Solutions Specialist, says, “This is a great time of year to take advantage of these deals and upgrade old equipment to be ready for the next season.”

If you’re interested in a new seed treatment system and want to save some money, 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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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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Project Profile: Metal Roof Does What Traditional Roof Couldn’t

At FS Construction Services, we’re no strangers to the benefits of metal roofs. And while we fully understand that the upfront cost of a metal roof may seem like a big pill to swallow, the long-term benefits are many and, we emphasize, looooong term.

This has perhaps been no more apparent than with a recent client project we worked with earlier in the year, who had a barn with a roof in need of replacing. The price of traditional shingles makes them a hard temptation to pass on, we get that, and they have worked well for many people for a long time now. Unfortunately for our client, the traditional shingles they had a contractor install just weren’t up to the task, and they began leaking shortly thereafter. Rather than double down on traditional roofing shingles, they contacted FS Construction Services to put a stop to her leaky roof.

Using lifts because of the steep-pitched roof, Tom Marcheski and his team installed a 26-gauge steel Fabral Horizon S Series roof on the structure. This 40’ x 48’ x 18’ standing seam roof features a Class A fire resistance rating, a Class 4 hail impact resistance, a Class 90 uplift test rating, and, maybe most importantly, thanks to a factory-applied sealant and proper installation, a Leak Free rating. Additionally, this roof, with its standing shadow lines and attractive color options, looks really good on its new home. And, thanks to the durability and rot resistance of metal roofs, it will continue to look good for upwards of 60-70 years.

If you’re in need of an attractive, long-lasting, and weatherproof roof, whether for a residential, commercial, or agricultural 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.

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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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How Seed Treatment Benefits Corn and Soybeans

At FS Construction Services, we’ve noticed just how rapidly the use of seed treatment has increased over the years. In fact, we recently dedicated an entire three-month series to seed treatment and its general benefits. However, we thought it might be helpful to focus a little more specifically on how seed treatment can benefit corn and soybeans.

By coating the actual seed with micronutrients, insecticides, or fungicides, the issues that come along with erosion and dust off are largely avoided. In a recent article published in Farm Progress, a grower with 40+ years experience noted, “I can plant earlier, cold or wet soils, and I’m protected. I get higher yields and by planting earlier in the spring and I have drier corn in the fall… I don’t have to broadcast pesticides anymore. Seed treatments have changed my management practices.”

Similarly, in another Farm Progress article on the benefits of seed treatment on soybeans, the author states, “One very tangible benefit to a complete seed treatment package occurred this year when many growers were able to plant their bean crops two to three weeks earlier than normal.”

Of course, it’s not just about planting early, and any new or additional technology added to the process increases upfront investment, but the growers we’ve spoken with agree that the payoff is way greater than the investment. The general consensus on seed treatment for corn and soybeans is that seed treatment creates better crops at a higher yield. Referencing the above article again, “We’ve used seed treatments on soybeans for five years, and did side-by-side tests the first two years… We’ve seen a consistent yield increase of between 2 and 5 bu./acre.”

Now we understand that there are no magic wands in this business, but the technological advances of agriculture in recent years are pretty remarkable. As for seed treatment, it will only continue to get more precise and more efficient as time goes on. Better and newer software makes consistent results easily achievable, and there is more equipment than ever to find the right match for you.

If you have any questions on seed treatment, or you would like to look at one of the many seed treaters our partners have available, 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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Hassle-Free Painting With FS Construction Services

Over the years we’ve found that many people have had an experience that goes something like this: You decide its finally time to paint but realize you don’t have the time, patience or skill to make your new home maker look like it could be a featured product on those home makeover / fixer upper programs on TV! Not to worry.

Whether you’re looking for professional painters to do a job you simply don’t have the time or energy for, or it’s a job that’s too difficult or complicated, FS Construction Services has you covered. Interior, exterior, big, small, our paint specialists can handle all kinds of jobs.

Recently, Brian “Boomer” Garleb came to the rescue of a family who knew what they wanted but wanted to make sure it was done right. While some projects are only room or two, this project was much more involved and included a family room (with a 22’ vaulted ceiling), foyer, kitchen, two hallways and laundry room.

In the client’s own words, the experience was as simple as this, “We reached out to Boomer and he came by the house to look at the rooms we wanted done and provide a quote. He even helped us figure out how much paint we needed to buy. They showed up with all the tools, brushes, drop cloths, tape, and everything needed to get the project started.” One of the many benefits of hiring the FS Paint Service paint team is the experience they bring to every project.

“Honestly, we couldn’t be more pleased with the work. They finished on schedule and even a little under the quote they provided. Now we can get back to enjoying our home and we are loving it.” The home owner even told us, “This would have taken me WAY longer to complete and wouldn’t have looked nearly as good as what Brian and his crew did.”

With FS Construction Service’s paint services, painting never has to be complicated again. If you are in need of a fresh coat of paint, whether interior or exterior, residential or commercial, 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 Huge Economic Benefits of Proper Grain Storage

One of our most frequent jobs here at FS Construction Services is the planning and construction of new grain storage bins. So while it stands to reason that we obviously believe they provide value, we thought it might be helpful to reinforce just how many economic benefits proper grain storage provides.

Because grain market prices are often lowest during harvest, most growers understandably hold on to their grain for a little while until prices rise. Unfortunately, grain can’t simply be dumped and forgotten until it’s needed again. The better the grain is stored, the less likely it is to be spoiled or ravaged by pests. According to an article in Illinois Ag News, improperly stored grain can cost farmers up to 20% of their yield. The alarming, though perhaps not surprising reality, is that it doesn’t take much to significantly alter the quality of the grain being stored. Dry corn, which is defined as having 13% or less moisture, can be stored up to a year at 30˚F. However, just four days at 26% moisture and 60˚F can cut that corn’s storage life in half.

An old or poorly maintained storage bin is not only at risk of letting in too much moisture, but also harmful pests that can ruin your stored harvest. On the flip side, properly built, maintained and operationally efficient bulk grain storage can provide: lower labor/operating costs, less waste, better fumigation, and longer storage times.

So while high quality grain storage and handling systems do have an upfront investment for the grower, the benefits will be recognized, year after year, with good grain that can wait for the ideal market price to come around.

Once such instance occurred recently when our team of grain storage professionals installed a new Shivvers Remote LINK Grain Management System. With a simple login from his smartphone, our customer was able to manage his drying operation remotely and track the system’s performance. Advantages like this and many other are making it more profitable than ever for growers to maximize the return on their harvest.

If your grain storage is in need of a update or you have questions about the most current grain drying and storage 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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Seed Treatment Services #3 of 3: FSCS Seed Treatment Equipment

With spring on the near horizon and planting season just around the corner, FS Construction Services is going to take a look at one of our most popular services, Seed Treatment, and highlight a different aspect of that service. For this third month, we are going to cover seed treatment equipment.

We know that no operation is the same and that seed treaters come in all different shapes and sizes, from tabletop to larger capacity to commercial options to portable treaters. For this reason, we have established a number of partnerships over the years so no matter the amount of seed that needs treating, we have the right equipment to get the job done. One of the most common treaters we install, the LP-series by USC, come in a variety of makes, models, and customizations, assuring the equipment will suit your needs. Additionally, our seed treatment specialists have pretty much done and seen it all and are able to provide advice and guidance on purchasing and installation decisions.

However, when it comes to seed systems, FS Construction Services does much more than installation. While we often work on projects where we are dealing with brand-new equipment, we are also able to retrofit parts of older systems with newer parts to improve consistency, functionality, and longevity.

Speaking of new equipment, increasingly seed systems are relying on new technology and automation to help ensure accurately-coated batches time after time. We also understand that some of these new systems come with a steep learning curve, which is why our specialists will stay however long is needed after installation to help ensure clients how to interface with their new hardware and software for the best possible outcome.

If you have any questions or inquiries about seed treatment, 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.