Grain Storage for Harvest FS Construction Services

Project Profile: Fully Equipped Grain Storage

While much of the world hit pause on a lot of things last year, there were some things that had to keep going no matter what. Crops still needed to be planted, tended to, and harvested. Which meant that there were farmers who still needed help when they found themselves with broken equipment or not enough space to hold their grain. And of course, that meant FS Construction Services was still hard at work upgrading equipment and building new structures.

Grain Storage for Harvest in a Pinch or a Long Term Plan

This was the case last September, when a client was staring down the coming harvest in need of some extra storage space. Nathan Koester and his team got to work quickly and constructed a 33’ 6-ring Sukup grain bin. This storage bin had a capacity of 15,000 bushels and also featured a 2-down auger, Fastir Stirring Machine, an axial fan and heater, a spreader, and a power sweep. Basically everything needed to prevent rotting, ensure evenly dried grain, and provide just a little bit of certainty in an uncertain time.

The project was finished shortly after we started it and in time for our client to make full use of it during the harvest season. And while life will no doubt continue to be unpredictable, we are always thankful that we have the opportunity to provide little bits of security and reinforcements when they’re needed.

No matter the circumstances, our clients don’t ever stop, which means neither do we. Whether you find yourself in a pinch or you are deep into some long-term planning, if you need grain storage, grain handling, or grain drying 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: Grain Bin

At FS Construction Services, we always like to think that there is no project that we don’t enjoy. From detail work or simply painting a hard-to-access peak of a house to constructing large commercial spaces for agricultural operations and pretty much everything in between, we are happy to be of service. That being said, as anyone with a lot of Legos and a little bit of time can attest to, there is just something satisfying about building something either from the ground up or as an addition to an existing structure, such as this grain bin.

FSCS Sukup Grain Bin Addition Increases Grain Storage

Last September, we had the opportunity to do just that. Nathan Koester and his team worked with a client who was in need of more grain storage and better cooling behind their dryer. With harvest fast approaching and the need for storage looming, we got to work quickly to get the job done.

The final product was a 50,000 bushel, 15-ring tall Sukup grain bin that measured 36’ in diameter. This commercial bin was set up with a 5,000-pound load roof accessible by outside stairs complete with a safety rail. Additionally, we installed a 10” power sweep, a ceiling fan, and a roof auger. When it was all said and done, our client had significantly increased their storage capacity and was ready for whatever yields the harvest could throw their way.

If you are looking to increase your grain systems, improve your operation’s efficiency, or simply upgrade or retrofit aging equipment, we would love to help. Whether you have questions on what the best next step might be or if you know exactly what you want and just need to get it built, 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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Getting Grain Systems Ready for Fall

Forgive us if we sound like a broken record, but somehow it is already September, and all of those we’ll get to in the summer ideas are quickly running out of time. Harvest is here and pretty soon many of our clients will be right in the thick of it. If you haven’t had a chance to get out and evaluate your grain drying, grain storage, and other equipment yet, now is the time to avoid future problems and make sure your grain systems are up to date and running properly.

Grain Systems Pre-Harvest Preventative Maintenance

It’s always a good idea to fire everything up and make sure things will run as expected. It’s also a good idea to address any issues that may have come up last year. Did any of your grain spoil? Did you see any mold or unwanted moisture? Now is the time to squeeze in any last-minute maintenance on your drying systems. Our team is available to inspect any of your drying equipment and make sure that you are set up for an evenly-dried product in the future.

A little upkeep can go a long way, so be sure to clean out your equipment, check for gaps or holes where pests or moisture can come through. If you have had issues keeping grain thoroughly or evenly dry, it may be time to upgrade or expand your drying capabilities. Sometimes a little retrofitting is all you need for your equipment to work like it is brand new again.

While harvest is fast approaching, it is not too late to be prepared. If you find yourself looking at too little storage, outdated equipment, or any other issues or needs with grain storage, drying, or 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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We’ve Got Your Grain Needs Covered

“The best defense is a good offense,” is one of those age-old cliches that can be applied to almost anything and most people have probably heard it enough times to no longer consider its meaning. But bear with us as we use it to make at least one more point. When it comes to proper grain care, well… you know the rest. Let us know, we can help with your grain system needs.

Premier Selection of Grain Systems

There are a lot of things that can go wrong throughout the process of transferring your grain from field to storage. But even more than that, there are a lot of things that can seem to go okay, but over time, a little extra moisture or a pocket of grain that doesn’t get stirred or a storage bin that isn’t sealed off from pests, and suddenly you can find yourself playing defense to a host of problems. Stopping those problems before they happen is not only possible, it will save you time, headaches, and money.

The less you have to handle grain, the better. If your unloading tubes, augers, conveyers, or other handling equipment are no longer doing their job or you’ve consistently had to run over capacity, it may be time for an upgrade.

Similarly, if your drying fans and stirrers are no longer able to keep up, or if you need to be able to hold more in your bins, then you’re probably due for some new storage equipment.

We get the desire to put off any change for as long as possible, but if you are able to tend to these things before the problems happen, you should find yourself a lot more peace come harvest time.

If you’re grain handling and storage equipment just doesn’t seem to be cutting it anymore, whether you need a total overhaul or an upgrade of existing 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: Expanding a Grain Bin

We know that it can be hard to deny the appeal of something brand new. Whether it’s a car or boots or a building, it’s always pretty exciting (and maybe a little stressful) to buy something new. And while many of our projects are new construction, there are also times where new isn’t always the best or most efficient option.

Efficiently Adding Height Makes Grain Bin Taller

Such was the case last summer when a client of ours found himself in need of some additional grain storage space, but didn’t want to go through the needless process of completely tearing down the still-working grain storage he already had on his property. And while it may seem overly simple to suggest that we could simply just lift off the old bin and place more grain storage rings underneath and then reattach the existing storage bin, but in broad strokes, it really was that simple. Nathan Koester and his team added three additional rings underneath the original bin and then connected them together. This allowed our client to keep his original footprint while gaining the extra bushel capacity he was looking for. In addition to upsizing the storage, we also installed another fan to increase the airflow for what will now be a larger batch of grain, ensuring that grain will stay well aerated and avoid spoiling.

It’s said that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, and in this instance, we think we’ve found an agricultural building equivalent to that saying.

If you are in need of more grain storage, whether you want to upgrade what you already have or start with something brand new, 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 Little Help for a Multi-Generational Farm

At FS Construction Services we understand that for most people, the work we do is made meaningful by those we get to do that work with and those we get to do that work for. That’s why we are so thankful we get to work so closely with those in our community. It always makes finding the value in that work easy. It’s even better when we get to help a client in a similar way.

New Grain System helps ensure future of family farm

Last summer, we had the pleasure of securing a multi-generational farm with some new resources to guarantee their tradition and their way of living could move into the future and their physical equipment would be as strong as the knowledge that was getting passed from father to son.

Nathan Koester and his team constructed a 36’ diameter, 6-ring tall Sukup grain bin. This storage bin came with an 18,000-bushel capacity and is primed for effective drying. It included a 28” axial fan and heater and an 8” unloading power sweep.

The fan, heater, and stir combination always proves over time to be both an efficient way to dry and an economic investment. This also prevents grain from getting wet patches or mildew, further protecting that investment from not providing its return.

With this new structure built, we were able to take care of our clients’ drying and storage needs, ensuring they can continue working and learning together without other limitations getting in the way.

If you are looking to purchase your first piece of equipment or if you need to upgrade or upsize your existing structure or 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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Grain Storage and Handling Solutions

At FS Construction Services we know that being a farmer is no small job. The time commitment is significant, the work is hard, and despite everyone’s best efforts, the unpredictability of it all is impossible to account for. And while we will never be able to control the sun, the rain, the market, and a handful of other things, we can at least make sure that once the crop is harvested, it’s going to a warm, dry place where you can count on its usefulness when the time is right.

Partner with FS Construction Services for all of your Grain Systems needs

Over the years we have partnered with the best in the business, from Sukup Manufacturing, to GSI, to Brock Grain Systems, to Hutchinson so we can provide our clients with the best products at the best prices to meet their specific needs.

When it comes to grain storage, we’ve built them every which way in every size you can think of. From on-farm storage to huge, commercial storage units, our specialists know their way around this equipment and how to fit it to your specifications. From dreaming up the possibilities to presenting you with your brand-new structure, our team will be with you every step of the way.

We know that you need to be able to get your grain from the field to that storage, which is why we also specialize in bin wells, unloading tubes, conveyers, augers, hoppers, and more.

If you have been considering updating or upgrading your grain storage or handling equipment, don’t hesitate to reach out. Even if you have questions about something you might like to do in the future, we will be happy to talk with you and help you through the process.

Whatever your need, 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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Why Choose FS Construction for Your Grain Storage

If you’re new to FS Construction Services, you may not know this about us, but grain storage is one of our specialties. Over the course of our 40-plus years, we have worked all over southern Illinois and the Midwest building grain and seed systems of all kinds of sizes for all kinds of clients. To ensure that we are always able to offer the best products at the best prices, we have partnered with many wonderful manufacturers, including: GSI, Sukup, Grain Handler, and Brock.

Get the Best Grain Storage for the Best Price

One of the main benefits of working with so many different partners is that, not only do we have a variety of product and cost options to choose from, we’re also able to extend a number of deals, discounts, and offers to our customers throughout the year.

Our experienced team works efficiently without cutting corners. We understand the time-sensitive reality that these structures carry, but we also know that your grain bin needs to last for many, many seasons and that your grain should be free of unnecessary pests and rot. We also know that most of the time you need more than just a big container to hold your crop. Often, there will be a need for fans, power sweeps, stirrers, and more. Part of our job is helping our clients determine the right equipment, the right bushel capacity, and the right layout for their grain system.

If you are interested in a new grain bin, or in updating an existing structure, be sure to reach out to us. While we are able to work quickly, the sooner you contact us the sooner we can find a time on the calendar to get you the equipment you need. Additionally, if you are interested in any other kind of grain handling or grain drying, 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: Rearranging a Farm

Most people have experienced the feeling of looking at a room, or a garage, or a cabinet, or a tool bench and realizing that things just aren’t where they should be. That if you were to rearrange everything a certain way or organize items a little differently, then your space would be a lot more enjoyable and a lot more efficient. And usually, this happens over and over again as the years go on.

Unfortunately, this process is a whole lot harder when it comes to farm equipment. However, here at FS Construction Services we like a good challenge, and so when a client reached out to us about a reorganization job involving grain bins, we were happy to help.

First, we built a brand new 42’ tall, 7-ring Sukup grain bin with a bushel capacity of 34,000. This storage container also included two 10hp centrifugal fans, stairs, and a 10” unload. Our client wanted this new bin in a different location than the previous bins, and so to get everything in one convenient place, we not only moved two 24’ grain bins but we also added rings to them. Additionally, we built a new set of stairs between the old bins and added new floors and an unload.

While no small task, this act of reorganization plus the addition of a new bin will set our client up for success not just in the present, but well into the future. The increased efficiency and ease of use should be a great help to our client for many years to come.

Whether you’re looking for a brand new grain storage system or you are looking to retrofit or update an old one, 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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Good Grain Means Good Care and Good Equipment

At FS Construction Services, we know that grain has to be taken care of. A small pocket of bad grain in storage can spread and have disastrous ramifications. When grain is stored before it’s completely cleaned and dried it can mold and rot, and damp grain is an open invitation for harmful insects.

When it comes to storing grain there are lots of things that can go wrong at any point in time during the process. Outdated or improperly working equipment can damage grain or fail to clean it or dry it properly, causing widespread loss and low-quality product.

There are a number of practical things that can be done to ensure your grain quality. Slow drying grain limits stress, running handling equipment at low speeds prevents unnecessary damage, and avoiding unnecessary steps means fewer overall opportunities for things to go wrong.

And while these things are crucial to keep in mind, it’s also true that the equipment used to handle that grain has to be up for the job. A good grain distributor will prevent fine material buildup. If material is allowed to collect on the grain mass, it creates moisture buildup and poor aeration. Keeping grain well stirred evens out the temperature and prevents pockets of heat and from building. A high-functioning grain dryer will keep unnecessary moisture from ruining whole batches.

At FS Construction Services, our many partner relationships guarantee that we’re able to help our clients find the right product for the right price. Our job isn’t to find the most expensive solution, but the solution that works best for you, whether that means something new, something updated, or something unique.

If you are in the market for grain storagegrain 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.