Is Your On-Farm Grain Storage Ready for Harvest 2021?

Is Your On-Farm Grain Storage Ready for Harvest 2021?

As South Australians gear up for a near record harvest, the feeling can be a bit daunting heres why.

While harvesting and crops are reaching amazing heights, their storage capacity isnt. Felt nation-wide, this predicament holds particular weight in the Eyre Peninsula. Its hard to imagine what these large amounts are, so heres a snapshot of the estimated harvest to come. Were looking at 1.6 million tonnes of wheat, 538,000 tonnes of barley and thats just on the Eyre Peninsula alone.

Pair this with technology growths, the machinery we use to harvest becomes more efficient and faster. Without the proper storage in place, keeping pace with your machinery and having ample storage becomes difficult.

So what options are on the table?

Navigating these sticky storage circumstances can be difficult, but there are both short-term and long-term ways around them.

Short Term:

T-Ports:

If you dont have space on-site, then the next best short-term solution is to shift your harvest off-site.

T-Ports utilise top-tier technology to create low-cost, highly efficient port infrastructure and can offer an invaluable support when theres just too much crop to handle. However, there can be some drawbacks. Transport logistics is a big consideration, and on top of this whether theres availability within the companys storage. This is a nation-wide problem, so space is in demand.

Long-Term:

While these short-term options are good for immediate relief, looking long-term they bring some drawbacks. A sure-fire way to see successful future harvests is to prepare for them. Establish a shed on your property, one built to meet the demands of the years to come. A Spanlift shed is built to last generations it doesnt get much more long-term than that.

Were regularly finding fertiliser prices are sky-rocketing which is causing issues for farmers trying to buy in advance. Investing in a fertiliser shed is an easy way to secure stock early on off-season pricing, keeping it in a shed and using it when you need it, explains Charles Grace, Spanlift Business Development Manager.

The advantage of an on-farm storage shed that can accommodate fertiliser is its also very useful for keeping grain. If youre able to juggle fertiliser or have some storage bays, you can build a shed that accommodates both during harvest.

So why would you build a grain shed, even if its for short term storage?

Its well known that harvesters are getting better and better at getting the crop off, and the amount of transport you need to keep up with the harvester is ever increasing. If you build an on-farm storage shed to accommodate grain, you only need to transport it between the harvester or paddock into the shed.

Not only do you save money, but its a multi-purpose shed and if you dont have fertiliser or grain, you can keep machinery in there, too.

Regardless of whether youre considering a grain shed, hay shed, fertiliser store, machinery shed, workshop or anything in between there are certain considerations that need discussion. The Spanlift team has the experience and expertise to help, shining a light on:

      • loading on walls
      • machinery access
      • ventilation
      • light ingress
      • dust control
      • vermin control

Above all, your shed needs to be tough and durable. Our galvanized steel structure will produce just that a reliable shed thats built to last generations.

Where this option is a massive investment up front, it will pay for itself in only a few seasons time while giving you the freedom to sell when the market is high. Opting for this long-term solution will save time, effort and money amid future harvest.

Need help to navigate the current climate and prepare your tailored solution? Get in touch with one of our friendly and skilled staff and get your harvest sorted.