Speed, automation, and traffic flow
“Along with sizes increasing, there is a lot more focus on speed, automation, and traffic flow,” Tuttle says. “Many farmers today have their own semis, which are a lot more difficult to maneuver than small trucks or wagons. The progressive guys are saying we either are going to a brand-new site, or clear things away from an existing site to improve flow.”
Designs with receiving pits with bucket elevators for quick unloading of hopper-bottom trucks are common. So are overhead load-out bins that can fill a semitrailer in two or three minutes.
“It is really a commercial-style setup,” Tuttle says. “I have been encouraged by the amount of investment producers are willing to make in these systems. But when growers recognize the profit potential for controlling their grain, they feel they can afford to build a system that is easier to use, quicker and safer.”
To maximize grain quality and to reduce the risk of grain going out of condition, new systems also often include sophisticated stored grain monitoring and control packages, such as those offered by AgriDry, Integris USA, and Intelliair.