Posted 10/18/2020 10:35 (#8551550) Subject: Pics of new grain setup
Blue Grass (Eastern IA)
After 11 months of planning and building I starting using my new setup last week. I am very surprised and happy with how well it is working. I figured the first year I would find many things that would need to be changed and I would have to learn how to make it all work smoothly. Other than a set of burned belts on the fill auger, and the occasional out of grain situation which results in the dryer shutting down, it has been flawless. I have dried 35,000 bu so far. Corn was 25% when I started, moved to shorter season now it’s 17%. Dumping cool 20% in and 15.5% out it is drying 650 bu/hr. It easily keeps up with a 6 row combine. We have been running the 9600 in beans and the 9500 in corn. Fill the wet bin one day, start the dryer the next morning when starting the combine. Let the dryer run until wet bin stops flowing which has been about 2am. Even when we run both combines in corn, the dryer will not be the bottleneck. Dryer is a GSI 1218, Calc-U-Dri, with external moisture sensor (has been dead on accurate). It’s supposed to do 950 bu/hr @ 5pts dumping hot and I’d say it will do at least that. 48’ x 8 wide ring Conrad American bin will hold 50,000 bu. 10” U trough unload should put out 6000bu/hr. 2 10 hp fans. Had them add 2 internal wind rings (glad I did that after the derecho). 25x90 Harvestore was converted from a forage structure. It had not been used for 18 years prior to this. It got an 8” power sweep, perf floor, and 5 hp fan. Cut a hole 35 ft up to fill. We put 10,000 bu in it and it wasn’t coming out the hole yet, so it holds more than that. 10x31 wet auger, 7x50 dry auger, 10x32 roof auger with hanger bearings (geared way down), 600 Amp single phase service, 2000 gal propane storage. I raise about 600 ac of corn right now. FSA financed the new equipment at 1% for 7 years. I have Less than $120,000 invested in this facility and have room for 4x growth. It's nice to have this at my home base. I'm not going to miss drying in bins with stirring machines on a rented farm.