Grain bin costs?

If you know you will grow a minimum area then bins are the most cost effective storage system especially if you plan to store for 6 months

not every where has alternative uses for building

the uk will always need 6 million tonnes wheat for milling and 2 million tonnes barley 2 million Tonnes of osr
half of it needs to be stored for 6 months

using farming planning permission as a back door to more lucrative use should be taxed heavily


NFFN Member
You could be right a 1000t bin conversion could be quite interestin.

Farmer Roy

Arable Farmer
i guess cost per tonne falls with size? thats crazy money for a 600t store

I built a 650 tonne silo ( admittedly 10 years ago now ), including concrete base, aeration & unloading augers, for $84 K

bigger sizes are always more cost effective than smaller, but then you do lose the flexibility of being able to segregate various grades / qualities or different crops / varieties

Farmer Roy

Arable Farmer
IF you are a SERIOUS grain grower, then bins / silos are the ONLY way to go for long term storage, maintaining quality & insect / pest control, and also for segregation or blending of different grades & quality, or for different crop types.
If you are more of a small time property developer than a real farmer & are looking at ways to get around planning rules, then yeah, sheds might be the go for you . . .

yeah, sheds ARE cheaper per tonne of storage, but are only really useful for short term storage of bulk generic low quality “feed” grains. Not so good for long term storage ( which you can get paid for by the buyers - we call it “carry” ) of quality milling grades though. Suppose that’s not such an issue in the UK 🤣🤣🤣
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Lorette Manitoba
1100t in three hopper bottom bins with aeration ,fans temperature cables and built on site cost me 138k canadian Dollars concrete,rebar and gravel was another 50k give or take a few hundred bucks. All site prepared and concrete poured by ourselves at the farm plus a couple of colony friends. Hard graft for four hours but saved a small fortune getting it laid. Hoppers were the expensive part I feel but the Loading auger we already use to fill other bins and no other infrastructure needed. Should last me out and still retain a decent value for the next generation.

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...