Longer grain belt offered
Reach tall grain bins without worrying about grain falling down with Brandt’s 24-inch-wide by 100-foot-tall grain belt. With options to go 95 feet or 110 feet tall as well, it has the capacity to handle up to 14,000 to 16,000 bushels per hour. It comes in a swing-away option, similar to the 15- and 20-inch-wide options already on the market. For more information, contact Brandt, Regina, Saskatchewan, at 306-791-7777 or visit brandt.ca.
Convey grain under bins
Replace traditional grain bin augers with a higher-capacity, under-bin chain conveyor from GSI. The line of conveyors is designed for bins from 15 to 72 feet in diameter and fit under any standard 17-inch, plenum-height aeration floor. These conveyors can unload 3,000 to 10,000 bushels per hour, are compatible with GSI bin sweeps and can be “daisy-chained,” so multiple bins unload onto one conveyor. Contact Agco, Duluth, Ga., at 877-525-4384 or visit agcocorp.com.
Keep moving when you move grain
Move grain faster with Universal Industries’ first completely hydraulic, self-contained 1837 Uni Tube. While smaller-capacity, self-propelled field loaders have gone fully hydraulic for easier portability, the 37- to 47-foot-long 1837 is the company’s longest yet. The longest available length can reach a capacity of up to 11,000 bushels per hour. The starting price is $32,000. Contact Universal Industries, Cedar Falls, Iowa, at 800-311-9626 or visit tubeconveyor.com.
Pressure-controlled grain handling product
Vari-Air’s “gentle” Variable Air Transfer System is pressure-controlled with a variable-air system to handle grain. This energy-efficient system runs on an exact speed to deliver grain from the dryer, making it is easier on the crop going from point A to point B. The system uses a motor controller, which allows for the user to vary the speed. Vari-Air’s system runs about $30,000. Visit Vari-Air at grainsystemsdistribution.com.
Remote moisture-based control system
The Intui-Dry Dryer Controller by Brock Grain Systems is an intuitive, easy-to-use grain dryer control system. Its touch-screen user interface allows the operator to run and monitor the grain dryer remotely and allows for certain functions to be selected from a cellphone or tablet. The cost of the system is included in the price of a new dryer — it’s a package deal. Contact Brock Grain Systems at 765-654-8517 or visit graindryers.com.
Safe stairs for grain bins
Greene Galvanized Stairs offers A-Series sidewall stairs that meets Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements. The 266 model meets 32-inch and 42-inch, 2.66-inch corrugated grain bins standards. It also includes an inside and outside handrail. The stairs are 30 inches wide and have both high and low platforms to service the manhole and roof stairs. For more information, contact Greene Galvanized Stairs, East Lynn, Ill., at 217-375-4244 or visit greenebinstairs.com.
Bin fan with a brain
Sioux Steel Co. is taking the guesswork out of when to turn the fan on or off. The Triumph fan offers low-temperature drying that still dries up to three times faster. Its communicating module slows down or speeds up the fan, depending on weather and bin conditions. It’s available in 7.5 or 10 horsepower and single- or three-phase configurations. Ultimately, it’s designed to save energy and money. For more information, contact Sioux Steel at 800-557-4689 or visit siouxsteel.com.
The AGI Westfield UTX 44 is a U-trough auger built for high-capacity unloading systems. It can unload about 7,000 to 8,000 bushels per hour, depending on the commodity. It comes with either a Kohler or Vanguard engine. A hydraulic system allows you to move it from bin to bin. The collapsible hopper easily gets underneath loads if they're a little bit lower. It also has a reversing gearbox that allows you to clean out fines. Contact AGI Westfield, Manitoba, Canada, at 866-467-7207 or visit grainaugers.com.
Eliminate grain bin cleaning frustration
Tired of snagging bolts at the bottom of grain bins when you’re cleaning them out? Keiser Covers LLC has a simple solution. The company calls it the “grain bolt cover you can’t do without.” Made in Iowa out of polypropylene plastic, these thin black covers come in short-length sheets, which attach to the inside edge of the grain bin. Once attached, bin bolts are covered. Sweeping the bin just became much easier. Contact the company in Nokomis, Ill., at 217-820-0968 or visit facebook.com/keisercoversllc.
Smart Switch for aeration control
You can get aeration control in its simplest form but have the ability to change settings and take control from your smartphone. The Smart Switch is from Steps GMS, a new company operated by Eli Troyer, a veteran and early pioneer in grain bin aeration control. The Smart Switch will automatically turn the fan on or off based on your settings. You need Wi-Fi at the bin site, either with a smartphone or by buying a hot spot from your cell phone company. A Smart switch to control one fan is $395. Contact Steps GMS, Edon, Ohio, 419-630-6449 or visit stepsgms.com.
Measure temperature, humidity in headspace
Clues as to whether grain is in condition and how it should be managed are sitting right above the grain pile in the headspace within the bin, Steps GMS owner and designer Eli Troyer says. With the Steps GMS bin monitor, know grain temperature and humidity in the head pace — plus within the grain. List price is $595 for the monitor, 36 feet of cable and one sensor. Add an additional sensor for $215. Contact Steps GMS, Edon, Ohio, at 419-630-6449 or visit stepsgms.com.