Feb 13, 2014

February/March 2014

Grain Elevator Makeover Reinvigorates Community

cover photo by Elise Schafer

Apr 29, 2014

Thinking Outside the Bin

As farming operations grow larger and yields continue their climb higher, many commer­cial grain facilities are faced with the chal­lenge of handling higher volumes. In a lot of cases, the only solution is to pile grain on the ground, due to a lack of fixed storage. However, one South Dakota co-op, tired of dealing with the spoilage from exposed grain, started thinking outside the bin for a new flexible storage solution.

Apr 28, 2014

Winter Checkup — Affordable Care Act Readiness

Employers have an opportunity to use the additional time created by the one-year delay in the employer shared responsibility (also referred to as the play or pay) mandate to gauge ACA compliance readiness.

Apr 14, 2014

GEAPS Exchange: Back in Omaha and Better Than Ever

The leaders of the current and future grain handling industry rubbed elbows, learned what to expect in the coming year and checked out the newest products and technology the industry has to offer.

Apr 4, 2014

The Costs of the 2014 Renewable Fuel Mandate

On Nov. 15 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency shocked many when it acknowledged the “blend wall” that petroleum groups had been claiming for years, was, in fact, a reality that needed to be addressed immediately.

Apr 2, 2014

Raising the Bar: A New Standard for Steel Bin Safety

It is estimated that more than 750,000 steel grain bins have been built in the United States in the past 75 years. It is anyone’s guess how many of these are still in use. In recent years, the industry has erected between 10,000 to 16,000 steel bins a year.

Apr 2, 2014

How to Decontaminate a Dry Grain Processing Facility

A 280,000-cubic-foot protein powder grinding, dry­ing and packaging facility had a Salmonella spp. con­tamination of some of the equipment. The facility was nearly impossible to decontaminate using conventional methods, not only because it was a large facility, but also because of its height. It was 90 feet tall with three floors in need of decontamination (the second through fourth floors).

A row of chlorine dioxide gas cannisters line a dry grain facility in preparation for Salmonella spp. decontamination.

Apr 1, 2014

Become a Better Manager with Creativity, Innovation

Edison had numerous techniques which he employed to enhance, improve and boost his productivity. We have selected and paraphrased several on the following pages. (Thoughts on Edison’s creative techniques were gathered from Wily Walnut, a website whose motto is “Meet the Genius in Your Brain”; see http://wilywalnut.com.

Mar 28, 2014

Attention to Grain Quality Keeps People Safe

Since 1978, Purdue has docu­mented grain entrapment cases — both on-farm and commercial. In 2010, the number of entrapment incidents spiked at 57.

Mar 27, 2014

Trash to Treasure: Grain Elevator Makeover Reinvigorates Community

Two new 100-foot-tall steel bins, a state-of-the-art grain dryer and a shiny new 15,000-bushel/hour grain elevator leg stand high above where Five Star Co-op’s old wooden elevator once stood.

The facility was done by harvest 2013 and handled corn for the first time in 20 years./ PHOTO BY LARSON CONTRACTING

Mar 27, 2014

Dreaming for Innovation

We’ve all been there, unintentionally, in the wee hours of the morning — some call it lucid dreaming — when suddenly a new idea pops into your mind.

Recently Added to Buyer's Guide

Ribbon Blenders

  • 5-cubic-foot unit features special three-piece grate designed with angled and pitched profile
  • All three sections of the grating have position sensors which interlock with the control panel, ensuring operator safety while running

Infinifeed Loop

  • Continuous feed loop system
  • Capacities available up to 1,800 bushels/hour

Loop Conveyor System

  • Can be used to fill and empty grain bins and flat storage structures or applied to feed processing and other conveying applications
  • Available in 8-, 10- and 12-inch diameters with capacities up to 10,000 bushels/hour


  • 5-minute ELISA testing kit
  • Use a common extraction protocol for ease of use

Q-Sage Air Screen Cleaners

  • Separates grain by length and size to specifications
  • Numerous flow patterns available to accommodate each unique product and processing need

Vertical Blender

  • For reliable, gentle mixing of friable solids, abrasive materials and shear-sensitive products
  • For processing large volumes where floor space is limited


Marketwatch: Aug, 18

US Corn Price Idx: ZCPAUS.CM

open: 6.6945
high: 6.737
low: 6.6326
close: 6.6866

US Soybean Price Idx: ZSPAUS.CM

open: 14.3219
high: 14.4169
low: 14.2107
close: 14.3029

US Hard Red Winter Wheat Price Idx: KEPAUS.CM

open: 8.3035
high: 8.351
low: 7.9626
close: 8.0508

US Soft Red Winter Wheat Price Idx: ZWPAUS.CM

open: 7.3573
high: 7.4048
low: 7.0429
close: 7.0505