Choosing the right grain storage for maximum profitability
Owners of agricultural buildings will be all too familiar with the need to store grain in the right conditions. Following harvest, storing crops in a suitable environment is essential, especially if you are looking to make an income from selling it.
When it comes to grain storage, the most sensible way forward is to create a dedicated unit to house all crops. But how should you build a crop unit for storage?
We’ve put together this short guide to explain why concrete is the most cost-effective and durable solution.
Why use prestressed concrete panels for grain walling?
Here at JP Concrete, we supply and manufacture a range of concrete panels, which provide versatility and reliability for grain storage. Concrete grain walling panels are designed to be strong enough to withhold the weight of grain and come in a number of sizes and specifications.
We supply horizontal prestressed panels as well as precast walls designed for dividing crops. So, which one should you use?
Using horizontal prestressed panels for grain storage
The structure of your existing unit for grain storage will dictate whether you should use horizontal prestressed panels for grain storage. If the steel frame within your grain unit is strong enough to withhold the loads, then we always recommend that you use horizontal prestressed panels.
The panels are available in three standard heights and can be used in a range of configurations. The standard heights are 1m, 1.2m and 1.5m.
Length-wise, the panels can go up to approximately 6.5m in length but it’s worth remembering that the final thickness and length of the horizontal panels will depend on the height of the grain.
Although thickness of panels varies, we usually recommend that you go for 150mm or 180mm in thickness. These options are both able to retain a sufficient level of grain.
However, in some cases, if the concrete grain walling panels exceed the standard heights, we can manufacture panels with a thickness of 200mm or 280mm if required. If you’re unsure about which size to go for, have a chat with a member of our team who will be happy to advise you.
Sometimes it is more cost effective to increase the size of your grain storage building and reduce the retained height as opposed to commissioning thicker panels.
Using precast walls for dividing crops
If you’re running a farm and are looking to create crop storage, it is likely that you’ll not just be looking to house one particular type of crop. Storing multiple crops needs special planning as the crops will need to be kept separate in the storage unit. For dividing crops, we usually recommend using freestanding retaining walls, which are ideal for providing flexibility within a storage unit.
If you wanted even more versatility, you could also create your own freestanding retaining wall using our high-quality interlocking concrete blocks. These are quick to install and you don’t need to fix them to the foundation so they provide lots of flexibility.
While some farm owners decide to install steels throughout the building and fitting double loading pre-stressed panels, we usually advise against this as we don’t recommend digging out the floor and casting steels into an existing structure. However, what we do recommend is using our bolt-down retaining walls units, which you can then anchor to an existing floor with steel rods and resin.
What is the cost of concrete grain walling?
When it comes to concrete grain walling, prices really depend on which concrete products you decide to use. Concrete grain walling prices are usually dictated by your existing structure for grain storage. If you’re looking to create a new unit from scratch, then you are going to need to invest in a number of concrete panels in order to do this.
If you’re working with an existing structure and are looking to create division between crops, you can invest in a few freestanding retaining walls for a relatively low cost.
If you’re looking to create grain storage on site and you’re not sure where to start, our team is on hand to help. We’ve worked with many owners of agricultural buildings whose objective is to store their harvest on site in the right conditions so that they can then make a profitable income from it.
We can advise you on which panels to use and the most cost-effective way to create crop division. Give us a call on 0115 895 2625 to get your grain storage off to a flying start.