FS Construction Services grain site preparation

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.

Economic benefits of proper grain storage

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.

FS Construction Services grain bin project profile

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.

FS Construction Services grain bin

Project Profile: Customized 42’ Grain Bin

One of the benefits of being in the business as long as we have at FS Construction Services is that every client is different and no two jobs are exactly the same. We have built a lot of grain storage bins throughout the years and while there have been many jobs with similar details, there is always something just a little bit different, just a little bit unique, to make that job its very own. Sometimes we don’t do much more than put up a structure, and sometimes we are putting up that structure and filling it with every possible accessory available. From the littlest to the most, each job has its own requirements and we’re here to help our clients find exactly the right pieces to make their set up work.

Recently, we got to build a 42’ tall, 10-ring grain bin with a capacity of 47,000 bushels. But in order for it to perform exactly the way our client needed it to, we installed a specific set of accessories to guarantee a satisfied customer. One of the benefits of working with our friends at Sukup is that we’ve been partners for so long, we have a good idea of how their products go together to get the best results. For this project, we installed dual centrifugal 20hp fans for enhanced drying capabilities, a double run conveyor for filling with a shorter auger, a power sweep, a gravity spreader, a 3-phase drive, and stairs wrapping around the outside of the bin for safety.

Delivered on schedule and on budget, our client had exactly what they would need going forward for continued success. While it may not have been anything extravagant and may even look like some of our other jobs it was the exact right pieces for this job.

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 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 Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from FS Construction Services

Somehow, another year has already gone by, and we find ourselves looking at another holiday season. It seems like the holidays come quicker and quicker each year, and with the busyness of life, it can be hard to slow down and appreciate them. So to our friends, families, neighbors, and clients, we want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope that you are able to find a little time at the end of this month to look back at 2018 and be thankful for the good things and find peace with some of the harder things.

At FS Construction Services we are thankful for the many clients and friends who have given us the opportunity to work with them and be a part of their lives this year. It’s because of you that we have been able to provide over 40 years of service to the southern Illinois area. It’s the work we love doing in the places we love doing it, and we are thankful to have had another year serving our clients and are excited for what 2019 will bring.

As you look forward to the year to come, with everything that needs to be done and everything you hope will be done, we hope you will consider FS Construction Services. From residential, commercial, and agricultural buildings to grain systems, seed systems, garage doors, roofing, and many other types of services, we have trained experts who can help you with the biggest job to the smallest one – except for wrapping presents! For that, you are on your own.

If you have questions, need an estimate, or just need some advice, 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 in the coming new year!

Gateway FS Construction Service grain systems

Project Profile: 24,800 Bushel Grain Bin Just in Time

At FS Construction Services, we have experience with all kinds of different projects. From large, demanding, commercial projects to those requiring more routine maintenance work, we’ve pretty much seen it all. There are times when our team needs to be on site for weeks, building, installing, and training. Regardless of the duration or the type of project we are assisting customers with, we are all about planning our work… and working that plan.

This was the case recently on a brand-new grain bin project. We worked closely with our customer in the evaluation of their needs, recommendation of the right system to accomplish those needs and then planning and executing the installation. Working with proper lead time, our team was able to complete the project and have it up and running in time for harvest. The 7-ring Sukup grain bin has a storage capacity of 24,800 bushels, an 8” power sweep, an axial fan, and stairs around the outside of the bin for safety and convenience. Additionally, we installed a Gravity Grain Spreader, which not only provides uniform grain distribution, but also requires less maintenance overall, and Hawk Cut flooring, which is twice as strong as smooth-bin floors.

Our team, led by Nathan Koester, was quick to get to work on this large structure, making sure all the new equipment was installed and ready to go by the time our team rolled out. Our client was ready to go into harvest with everything they needed for a successful year. Thanks in large part to our long-lasting partnership with Sukup, our team is able to work quickly and efficiently with their equipment and buildings, allowing us to execute a well-planned construction project.

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.

Gateway FS Construction Services Veterans Day thank you

Veterans Day Thank You

Whether you have been busy working out in the fields as harvest comes to a close or simply busy with the day-to-day demands of life, in the office or at home, we here at FS Construction Services just wanted to take a quick moment to reflect and say thank you to the many brave men and women who serve our country.

It can be easy on these annual days of remembrance to simply let the time pass by without much thought to the reason we celebrate or remember it in the first place. So this Sunday, November 11th, we hope you’ll take a few moments to think about what it means that all across the country and the world, men and women are willing to give up much of their own personal freedom so that we can have ours. It’s a humbling thought, and one we should strive to bear in mind.

To our friends, neighbors, and clients who have served, and to the countless numbers of those we don’t know, we would like to say, “Thank you.” Your sacrifice has allowed us to do what we love and serve our community in our own small way. If you or someone you’re close to is a veteran, be sure to show your appreciation today.

As always, FS Construction Services is here for your building, garage door, grain system, seed system, roofing, and other handiwork 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.

Gateway FS Construction Services harvest safety tips

Safety Reminders for Harvest

It’s no secret that harvest time is a busy season for farmers. No matter how prepared you are, there bound to be some long days and long nights. At FS Construction Services, we understand the desire to get just one more thing done before calling it day, we also understand just how incredibly important farmers are. So, because it’s really in everyone’s best interest, we’ve put together a quick list of safety reminders to keep in mind if you’re going to be out there this harvest.

  1. Get Rest. We know there are going to be sometimes when a full night’s sleep just isn’t going to happen. So make sure you take the necessary steps to keep yourself as rested an energized as possible. Drink lots of water, and, if you’re going to be away from home for long stretches at a time, bring snacks. If you can’t give your body the sleep it needs, be sure to give it the food and nutrition it needs to carry you through.
  2. Take Breaks. Give yourself a fifteen-minute break from time to time. Again, we know much of harvest season is one giant time crunch, but as best as you can, plan ahead and carve out a little time for yourself here and there, especially if you’re going to spend long hours alone.
  3. Keep in Touch. Speaking of being alone, make sure someone knows where you plan to be throughout the day and keep them updated or ask them to check in on you.
  4. First Aid Kid. No one likes to think about it, but accidents do happen. Keep a first-aid kid in as many vehicles as you can, just in case. The Mayo Clinic also recommends having a tourniquet on hand as well, just in case an injury does happen and you are alone or far from help.
  5. Preventative Maintenance. Check the state of your equipment regularly. Clean, well-maintained equipment is far more predictable and safe than the opposite. For more information, take a look at our recent preventative maintenance blogs.

As obvious as these are, we all know how easy it can be to want to cut corners or push ourselves a little too hard in high-stress times. Please take care of yourselves this harvest, and we wish you a successful season. As always, if you have grain storage and handling or seed treatment needs or questions, 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.