Grain dryers as insurance policies, plus purchase points to ponder

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Even in a good year, a grain dryer can be worth having. In a challenging year, a grain dryer can be worth its weight in gold.

“A dryer is basically an insurance policy. You know you’re going to have to dry some of your grain, you’re hoping that you don’t have to dry 100 per cent of it,” says AGI’s Jeff Cruzen. “This year it’s going to be a whole different game for everybody — you’re probably going to dry 100 per cent of your grain this year.”

For those looking to purchase a grain dryer, there are questions to consider before opening the pocketbook. Cruzen says he looks to answer questions like:

  • What’s the crop you’re most often going to dry?
  • What’s the moisture range you will you be trying to remove?
  • What does a typical harvest day look like?
  • Will you want to dry for 24 hours per day, or have rest periods?

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“Typically you’re going to know what you think you want, but we want to confirm that to make sure we sell you the right dryer,” says Cruzen. “The last thing we want to do is undersell you a dryer.”

Fuel is a major consideration, too. The dryers themselves run on whatever you’ve got, but set up and access to fuel type should be part of the economic decision.

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