The Flexi-Grain Storage System

The Flexi-Grain Storage System is an integrated method whereby different kinds of grains can be stored and handled on-farm or in any suitably located site in a simple, secure and economical way by containment in large airtight plastic bags, with no constraints on the tonnage that can be stocked in this way. A large bumper crop or simply more grain to be put in storage after a good harvest means more bags to be filled, an auspicious state of affairs and a task easily handled by our R950 and R1050 baggers. The system comes full circle when the formerly complicated and work-intensive job of transferring grain contained in the bags to truck or wagon is done swiftly and effortlessly with our EA910 unloader equipped with new, patented features that put it well ahead of the pack with regard to speed and ease of use.

  1. 1) Flexi-Grain Storage delivers all the capacity you need, whether you have to store 30,000 or 1,000,000 or more bushels of corn, wheat, soybeans, rice or other grains.
  2. 2) Flexi-Grain Storage is also suitable for storing all kinds of pelleted materials such as cattle feed and fertilizers.
  3. 3) Flexi-Grain Storage puts you in business for a fraction of the cost of a silo facility. If you already own a silo plant, the system will let you expand by adding storage capacity as the need arises.
  4. 4) Flexi-Grain Storage ensures that grain is safe in a modified atmosphere that is poor in oxygen and rich in carbon dioxide. This restriction greatly extends conservation time because natural metabolic processes in the grain kernel slow down, while insects and most fungal diseases are unable to survive in the CO2 saturated environment. Non-use of chemical substances means less labor, savings in money, and no toxicity concerns.
  5. 5) Flexi-Grain is a technique easily mastered. It doesn’t require specialized operator skills.
  6. 6) Flexi-Grain Storage is a valuable instrument if you manage a commercial grain elevator or own a grain dryer and wish to conserve grain in optimal condition for long periods of time. Should it have been stored moist, recently harvested grain can be removed from the initial bags, dried without haste, and stored again in bags. Drying is not the bottleneck it can be when a crop is overly moist at harvest. Harvesting can proceed at the quickest pace because anaerobic conditions allow moist grain to be temporarily stored in bags without physiological changes or quality loss.
  7. 7) Flexi-Grain Storage permits classification of different varieties or grades of grain easily and conveniently. Every bag can be tagged to show data that is relevant: grain variety, quality, paddock harvested, date of harvest, moisture content, etc. Individualized information about contents can help with decisions. For example, if you are selling part of your produce, it is better to dispatch the grain with the higher moisture content and retain the grain that is drier and will keep longer.
  8. 8) Flexi-Grain Storage allows you to concentrate on what you do best: harvesting your crop. Forget about complicated grain handling logistics and hasty selling decisions taken under the pressure of the moment, as this can cost you a bundle of money further down the road. Once grain is safely stored, options can be analyzed leisurely.
  9. 9) Flexi-Grain Storage means that grain is stored on-farm, and keeping the harvest in one’s own premises means taking direct control of grain inventory, with no third party intervention and no storage, loading or unloading fees to pay.
  10. 10) Flexi-Grain Storage helps avoid costly, time-consuming trips to third-party grain facilities. Don’t make expensive short freight runs from field to silos. Instead, set aside a tract of land in your own grounds and when harvest day arrives, unload directly from grain wagons into an R950 or an R1050 bagger. Or use the TA300 transfer auger to unload directly from truck into bagger.
  11. 11) Flexi-Grain Storage gives you the extra capacity you need when a bumper crop comes in and bin storage space is either unavailable or expensive.
  12. 12) Flexi-Grain Storage lets you bag your crop as you haul it in from the field, with no delays. With a loading rate of approximately 300 metric tons per hour (11,800 bushels/hr), the R950 9 ft. bagger puts away the grain inside the bag as fast as you can feed the hopper. And if you want the extra storage capacity provided by 10 ft. bags, the R1050 model will put grain away at a rate of 600 metric tons per hour (23,600 bushels/hr).
  13. 13) Flexi-Grain Storage furthermore allows easy and efficient discharge of grain from bags to trucks or trailers with the EA910 unloader, which delivers at a rate of 350 metric tons per hour (13,800 bushels/hr). Not only does this rate of work exceed by far the capabilities of the largest pneumatic grain conveyors, but it is accomplished with a 70 HP tractor and one operator manning the whole operation. Add to this a maintenance schedule far simpler and less expensive than the upkeep required by a vacuum conveyor, and you have an unbeatable combination. This means huge savings in operating expenses.
  14. 14) Flexi-Grain Storage lets you bag your grain even if moisture levels slightly exceed moisture level regarded as safe for bins. It is generally considered that 2 or 3 percentage points over standard moisture levels is within acceptable limits when bagging. Nevertheless there is an interaction of factors, mainly ambient temperature, which can affect results. It is important to systematically monitor a bag’s contents, particularly when moisture and/or temperature indicators are high, in order to take preemptive action if incipient problems are detected. This basically entails extracting the grain from the bag, although other measures such as setting up shade screens are very effective. In any event, if grain is stored having high moisture levels it should be dried as soon as possible after withdrawal from the bag. The reason is that once aerobic conditions are reestablished, previously dormant microorganisms can reappear and cause damage in relatively short periods.
  15. 15) Flexi-Grain Storage is economical. A typical bag with a 9 ft. (3 meter) diameter and a length of 200 ft. (60 meters) is able to hold from 200 to 220 metric tons of grain depending on variety. The cost of the plastic bags can be estimated to run from five to seven cents (US$ 0.05 to 0.07) per bushel of corn, or from US$ 2 to US$ 2.75 per metric ton of grain.
  16. 16) Flexi-Grain Storage lets you forget about seasonal rushes and expenses. Harvest season causes a peak of demand. Road freight, handling, grain drying and processing; all may be hard to come by and are usually costlier at this time of the year. Of course grain will be transported at some time in the future and may require drying, but this can be planned and done with enough time, when demand has subsided and costs have come down.
  17. 17) Flexi-Grain Storage is a proven system that has grown steadily and increased in recognition every year since its introduction. In Argentina, one of the important grain producing countries of the world, with a climate range and agricultural techniques that are similar to those found in countries such as the U.S.A., Canada and Australia, the system enjoys widespread acceptance. In the year 2013, roughly half of the country’s harvest of more than 100 million metric tons of grain will be stored in bags.
  18. 18) Flexi-Grain Storage is ultimately a financial instrument for better control of grain resources. Being able to stock up grain on-farm for the space of time required will maximize profits as you sell your crop when the market commands the highest prices.