Since the mid-90s, many farmers have abandoned in-bin drying measures in favor of the continuous workflow provided by newer and updated grain dryers in southern idaho. The trend has been systematic, and now very few stick to the impractical use of manual grain dryers. A handful of farmers has kept to the strategy of in-bin drying because they find it more traditional. Some farmers place a larger emphasis on nostalgia. They also look at the price for grain dryer upgrades, and they believe their agriculture business is small enough to justify keeping the more traditional dryer strategy intact.
In-bin dryers can get the job done, but not nearly to the level of a continuous system. One of the greater weaknesses of in-bin systematizing is their inability to contain wet grain very well. Basically, the wet grain gets clogged in the system causing a backup. Continuous workflow grainer dryers keep the contents sifting on a consistent basis so any wet grain is cleansed and processed through the workflow. In-bin systems stick. They are stagnant, which is fine if the grain is dry and simply sitting. Otherwise, the blockage can potentially damage the system and cause concerns towards efficiency. It is suggested that continuous systems can handle upwards of 30% moisture with relative ease. Compare that to in-bin systems which can handle marginal amounts of moisture (somewhere in the range of 5%).
Many farmers stay away from wet grain entirely. Unfortunately, competition has steadily forced farmers to grain earlier in the season where the grain is wetter. To stay in the local competition, farmers need to address grain earlier and handle a wetter batch. It is not necessary, of course. It is imperative to look at the local competition. Is there a need for earlier season grain removal?
The Grain Dryers in southern Idaho are best suited for a continuous workflow. Very few company farmers are still sticking to in-bin strategies. At the end of the day, it comes down to preference. Smaller farmers do not need to reach a high capacity because of their size and distribution base. They can accommodate in-bin systems easily. Others have a capacity that is too large to make in-bin Grain Dryers very productive.
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