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When it’s better to delay a project

Between the Fencerows: Grain facility updates – delayed a year – are happening now to ready our farm for harvest 2024.

Kyle Stackhouse

February 9, 2024

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Grain bins
Kyle Stackhouse

Post-harvest 2022, we started talking with a grain system company about upgrades and changes we needed to make to our corn facility.

That December we placed an order and asked to be added to the list. In the beginning of January, we firmed up final plans. And, yet, despite taking delivery of the new overhead hopper bin in the spring, the project didn’t happen. By the time the company physically had backordered parts, it was August. For us, that felt too close to harvest to take things apart and hope to get them put back together in time to store our grain. We decided to push the project to this year. To get us through harvest 2023, the company came out and completed necessary maintenance.

Honestly, it is probably a good thing that we delayed the upgrade to our grain facility.

We had all fall to watch how we used the facility and evaluate the impact of proposed changes. Having a bunch of wet corn and both wet bins full at one point, we identified some issues with the plan. Instead of eliminating a dedicated ‘wet corn’ leg and using the ‘big’ leg to both dump trucks and fill the dryer, we decided it would be better to refurbish and relocate the ‘wet’ leg.

This week the phone call came. The company was ready to start work on replacing the 40-year-old hopper bin with the new one. The crew chief came out to discuss changes to the plan. We also discussed who will do what work. They are still really busy and we appreciate that they will still be able to do the work with the changes.

  • What we’re doing. We agreed to do all the work on the ground (like augers), as well as the electrical.

  • What they’re doing. They will basically do all the work requiring a crane such as: remove and replace all necessary pipes, remove and replace the hopper bin, and refurbish and move the ‘wet’ leg.

I think we have a good plan. We’re making a step in the right direction to keep our facility running for years into the future. We should see some steel flying very soon!

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Kyle Stackhouse

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After graduating from Purdue University in 1999 with a degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Kyle Stackhouse began farming in Plymouth, Ind., in northern Indiana. Kyle farms alongside his father Brad, not as an employee but as an owner who runs separate businesses in three counties in a 20-mile radius.  Kyle shares insight into day to day operations, current issues, and management of the family's mid-sized grain farm that specializes in NON-GMO and Identity Preserved crops.

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