As harvest approaches, a grain dryer will be needed for farmers to dry their grains from corn to wheat. If you are in the market for a new or used grain dryer here are some things to consider before making that purchase.
1.Choose the right dryer
There are a number of things to look at when choosing the best dryer for your operation. Capacity would be the first thing to look at. If the maximum capacity to dry is 100,000 bushels, an in-bin system is suggested. If it’s a larger amount such as 750,000 bushels GSI suggests a tower dryer.
2.Do you qualify for an energy grant?
Does your purchase qualify you for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant from the USDA? It can pay up to 25% of the total eligible project costs. Also check if your local electrical distribution company offers grants to promote energy efficiency.
3.Think long term
Grain dryers can last anywhere between 20 to 30 years. U.S. farm yields tend to increase by 2% to 3% annually. Down the road you may have 30% more wheat. That’s why it’s important to make sure you choose one that will meet your needs for a long time.
4. It’s more about the investment than the cost
Farmers are initially wary of the cost of their grain dryer purchase but it’s important to pay attention to the effectiveness of the dryer. Will it help to increase your yield?
5. Increase dryer holding capacity
If you have a larger holding capacity and you maintain optimum airflow, not too high and not too low, you will dry the most grain. It may cost more in the beginning, but it will pay off every year.
6. Shop Around
Make sure before you pick that perfect dryer you shop around and compare others in price and options other dealers have to offer.
7. Check power needs
Make sure you check with your electricity provider on how much amp service you need. If you’re replacing your old grain dryer, have the electric company come out and check your existing system to see if it’s acceptable.
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