Posted 9/16/2020 14:47 (#8499015 - in reply to #8498871) Subject: RE: grain set up questions.
A 2500 bu wet bin is not nearly enough, even for a 6 row combine.
An 8500 bu wet bin is maybe ok for a 6 row, and can function with an 8 row, but not really big enough. If you use it for now, make sure you plan space around it so you can replace it with a bigger wet bin down the road.
We went from an 8 row head to a 12 row, and went from 10,000 bu wet storage to 25,000 and a 1000 bu/hr dryer. We caught up with the dryer and wet bin once last year. I didn't think we needed that much wet storage, but it was the best move we could have done. A 30' or 36' by 12 ring wet bin, and a 48' dry bin would be a good start. Arrange it to replace the 24' bin with a bigger one later if you can, or just tear it all down and start fresh now.
I recommend a two or three leg system...put the money into legs, not air systems. The reply that said do it all now and use FSA loan funds is right...interest rate is cheap, and you can pay it off over several years.
If you want to do it in phases, a drive-over belt feeding the leg now instead of a big pit would maybe save some $, and you could sell the drive-over later when you add a pit?? Use the 8500 for wet now, build the 48 for dry storage, and add more later.