Iowa State University's Northwest Research Farm now has its first grain storage system, thanks to GSI, which donated a 10,500 bushel grain bin. A local bin dealer, C-S Agrow Service, of Calumet, Iowa, donated the labor to install it.
The new bin will enable the research facility, based in O'Brien County, to store and dry corn more efficiently at harvest than continuing to transport it to a nearby commercial elevator.
In addition to the 30-foot bin, the new storage system includes GSI grain bin accessories provided by C-S Agrow at cost to ISU, including outside stairs, unloading auger, aeration floor, stirring equipment, a fan and heater. The dealer's sister company, The Concrete Guys, donated labor to pour the bin's concrete pad. GSI, based in Assumption, Ill., is a leading global provider of on-farm and commercial grain storage bins, material handling systems, and grain conditioning and drying equipment.
New grain drying and storage system will pay for itself
"We are extremely grateful for these donations, without which this project would not have been possible," said Josh Sievers, manager of ISU Northwest Research Farm. "This bin will not only allow us to dry and store grain on the farm, but also allow an earlier start on corn harvest without having to pay for off-farm drying and shrink charges. This new system will be put to good use for years to come."
Bryan Halverson, sales manager for C-S Agrow, said it took six workers three days to complete the project, which is located about 1 ½ miles south of Calumet. "The ISU Northwest Research Farms plays a key role in advancing agriculture for Iowa farmers," said Halverson. "As GSI's largest dealer in the state, we're proud to give back to the community by providing this grain storage system to support their research efforts."ABOUT GSI: Grain Systems Inc., a global brand of AGCO, is a manufacturer of steel farm bins, commercial storage grain bins and grain silos. In addition, GSI offers technologically advanced grain dryers and a large selection of material handling systems, including bucket elevators and conveyors, grain bin sweeps and chain loop systems. GSI is also a full-line manufacturer of protein production systems for swine and poultry operations. The company has more than 40 years of expertise, and more information is available at grainsystems.com