Demco’s new-to-North America movable field bin was on display at the Farm Progress Show in Iowa this week.
The 3,000 bushel Harvest Link (56′ long, 12′ wide and 12.5′ high) was designed to reduce the time grain cart and truck drivers spend waiting in the field, explains Benji Vande Griend, Demco’s ag products sales manager, in this video.
“You can unload the grain cart into the Harvest Link, keep the combine running, get more done in a day with the combine, and when the trucks come back, they don’t have to wait for the grain cart,” he says.
While Australian farmers already use the “mother bin” concept, Vande Griend notes the motivation for using movable field storage is slightly different in most North American settings.
“There it’s more logistical because they have to go so far to bring their grain away. For us, really, the driving force is to help match up harvesting equipment,” he says.
With a 36′ auger (capable of unloading up to 333 bu/min), Demco also sees a potential benefit in reducing soil compaction.
“If you’re harvesting on a secondary road, you can reach your auger across and load your trucks on the road,” says Vande Griend, noting big grain cart capacity also becomes less important. “You can downsize that now, because you don’t need to hold a whole truckload in your grain cart…which means less compaction again in the field.”
The Harvest Link high rests on a steel frame when in the field and is raised for transport.
Check out the video below for more: