Planning for harvest is a lot like planning for Christmas. You spend months preparing, sewing, growing and harvesting and then once it’s complete, the process must begin again. With many crops taking some 11 months to grow, it is essential that all of that hard work is followed through by providing the perfect storage solution.
Graham Heath Construction has many years experience, producing a wide selection of agricultural buildings, with Grain Stores being one of the most requested throughout the winter months, as farmers make preparation for the expected harvest. There are many external factors that can affect a crop once in storage; from moisture, fungi, mites and general hygiene, through to pests and structural issues, such as bowing walls and leaking roofs. As such, it is essential that suitable storage conditions are created to minimize waste and maximise return.
Storing grain in tired buildings that allow all weathers to get in will only bring problems. These damp conditions act as a breeding ground for many common species and although drying the grain after combining will slow down insect development, it is essential that moisture content is kept to 12% or below to reduce the risk as much as possible. The structure itself is a vital factor in this and one that needs to be well considered.
With advances in agricultural building materials, a new grain store offers a clean, dry, well-ventilated and watertight construction, but how is this achieved? Starting with a high quality CE Marked steel frame and the best quality roofing materials ensure that the building prevents rain and other such weather to penetrate the building. Decent roofing will also reduce or eliminate the entry of birds and pests into the building.
Concrete panels are a key feature in Graham Heath Construction Grain Stores, playing an essential role in the creation of the perfect grain store. They are easy to clean, hygienic and exceptionally durable, withstanding the force of a grain harvest with ease. Concrete panels are also quick and easy to install, without the need for foundations as they just slot in between steel supports.
Graham Heath of Graham Heath Construction comments: “Store preparation is a key stage in ensuring safe grain storage, whether it’s being held for a temporary period or longer. We offer farmers the best chance of success by providing them with a clean, dry, durable and weatherproof building. From the steel frames to the concrete panels, the key elements are produced on our UK based site, with our experienced design teams creating bespoke buildings with a high quality guarantee.”