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Ron Heck recently completed a two-year upgrade of the grain handling system on his farm near Perry. The goal was to enable one person to keep up with unloading, drying and moving grain.
“We made the change to keep up with new combines that can harvest 4,000 bushels per hour,” Heck says. “Our old 10-inch U-trough could only move 1,800 bushels per hour so we couldn’t even auger dry corn fast enough.”
1. The system includes a pit, dryer, grain leg, auger and chain conveyor system connecting 31 bins and several buildings that can be used for grain storage.
2. The updated system is based on the same idea as the previous system but is bigger and faster. To accommodate expanding several bins, Heck lifted the conveyor and catwalk. That also meant replacing the grain leg with one 10 feet taller.
3. Heck’s dryer handles 2,000 bushels of 21 percent moisture corn each hour. Fans in the five compartments total 140 horsepower. Two holding bins accommodate 12,000 bushels.
Cool factor. The chain conveyors and catwalks connect Heck’s entire grain handling system. Not only can he unload, dry, cool and move grain anywhere in the system; the catwalk allows him to climb just once and move from one bin to another.
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