Category: Bins

AGI Buys U.S. Grain Storage and Handling Manufacturer Global Industries

Winnipeg-based Ag Growth International (AGI) says it has acquired 100 percent of the shares in U.S. grain storage, handling and drying equipment manufacturer Global Industries. AGI paid US$100 million for the company, which makes grain bins, portable and stationary grain handling equipment, grain drying and aeration equipment, and steel buildings. Global’s main operations are located… Read more »

The “BinKnocker” — A Simple Innovation to Check Your Grain Bin Level

Innovation doesn’t have to be high-tech or complicated, as Ron Gramlich of Bashaw, Alta., will attest. Tired of crawling up bins while working at a fertilizer facility, Gramlich created what he’s marketing as the “BinKnocker.” “It’s simply a hockey puck on a rope, with stainless steel brackets fastened to the outside of the bin,” he… Read more »

A Burning Reminder to Check Your Grain Bins

When we first saw the above photo on Twitter early this month, we weren’t sure what to think. Is it real? Has it been Photoshopped? Reports of heated canola aren’t unusual, but a whole bin seemingly on fire? Well, it unfortunately was real, as around 1,600 bu of canola was destroyed on the farm near Kelvington, Saskatchewan…. Read more »

Corn School: Vent Placement Crucial for Drying Success

Where are the vents located on your grain bins? If they’re too low, you could comprise grain quality by creating a pool of hot, moist, dead air at the top of the bin that can rain on your grain. You can learn how to avoid this problem and properly place vents when you check out… Read more »

Canola School: Babysitting High-Maintenance Canola in the Bin

As if canola harvest hasn’t been hard enough with all the snow and rain, the work won’t end when this crop enters the bin. It’s going to require some babysitting. “Number one when you’re taking off tough grain like this is it’s not ‘put it away and forget it’. It’s a 24-hour job type of thing…. Read more »

GSI Bin Sweep Adds Durability To Keep Grain Flowing

Looking to avoid downtime when uploading grain? Tired of shovelling grain away from the bin wall that the sweep can’t reach? These are two headaches GSI wants to remedy with its new grain bin direct gear drive (DGD) power sweep. The company showed off the DGD power sweep last month at the Farm Progress Show in… Read more »

3,000 Bushel Movable Field Bin Designed to Reduce Waiting and Compaction

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,… Read more »

Meridian’s Parent Company Scoops Up Competitor’s Grain Bin Business

WGI Westman Group has acquired the manufacturing assets from a competitor in the grain bin business. The parent company of Meridian and Behlen has bought Norstar Manufacturing’s grain bin production assets, land and buildings in Morris, Manitoba, as well as Norstar’s bin and tank manufacturing assets in Aylmer, Ontario. WGI president and CEO Paul Cunningham says they approached Norstar… Read more »

WGI Westman Group Acquiring Convey-All

WGI Westman Group is adding to its product lineup and manufacturing capacity, acquiring grain and seed handling equipment manufacturer Convey-All Industries. Based in Winkler, Man., Convey-All makes on-farm and commercial conveyor systems, as well as seed tenders. Steel building and fabrication business Nu-Steel Industries is a division of Convey-All. “It’s a logical fit for us,”… Read more »

GSI Dryers Get Hi-Tech Retrofit

If you are looking to upgrade your farm’s drying capabilities for 2016 you can always buy the latest model dryer – or just go retro. Real Agriculture caught up with GSI’s Conditioning Applications Manager Gary Woodruff at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky to discuss what’s new in the company’s grain storage and… Read more »

Kickin’ Tires — Ep. 10: Making Farm Safety a Priority

Over 100 adults and children are lost to agricultural fatalities on an average year in Canada. And though that number has started to drop in recent years, there is still much to be done to promote farm safety, particularly around machinery. Check Out All Our Kickin’ Tires Podcast Episodes In this episode of Kickin Tires, special… Read more »

Movable Field Bins Coming to North America

Movable field bins or “mother bins” are used in Australia to alleviate bottlenecks in grain movement off the field at harvest. Rather than waiting for a truck to arrive, a grain cart or combine can dump into the mother bin at the end of the field, and vice versa — a truck doesn’t have to wait for… Read more »

Agritechnica 2015: STEP Aims to Give Ag Exporters a Leg Up

Many of the Canadian companies who participated in Agritechnica — the world’s largest ag trade show — in Germany last month were there as part of a delegation led by the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership, also known as STEP. As president and CEO Chris Dekker explains below, STEP is a unique private-public partnership that receives… Read more »

Are You Doing Enough to Secure Your Farm?

Is your farm secure? That’s a question farmers need to ask themselves says security specialist Larry Wallace. As traditional rural farm communities become more urban, farms become larger and valuable equipment fills yards and drive sheds. That means farmers need to be more diligent in their security practices, says Wallace, who founded Wallace Risk Management… Read more »

Agritechnica 2015: Canadian Companies Reaching Farmers Around the World

You may think of them as a local manufacturing company employing local people selling to local farmers, but many Canadian agriculture companies have a presence that extends well beyond their backyards. Their global reach was evident at Agritechnica — the world’s largest ag machinery show held in Germany earlier this month — as 65 Canadian companies set up… Read more »