Leonard Kopman’s reason for buying a Loftness grain bagging system was pragmatic. He didn’t have enough bin space for his 2011 harvest, and he didn’t want to give his crop away.
“I’ve never looked back,” he says. “It’s an outstanding alternative. I’ll never be held hostage to the grain elevator again during harvest.”
Grain bagging easily pays for itself with the competitive bids he gets from grain elevators after harvest rush, Kopman says. In addition, labor and fuel costs for transporting grain are greatly reduced.
Demand for the bagging system increases with bumper crops and when prices are low, says Jerry Sechler, Loftness. The company often gets orders for equipment from farmers calling from their combines when they know they don’t have enough storage. Large-scale farmers who rent land also appreciate the harvest speed and marketing flexibility that bags provide. Some customers have told him that payback for the bagger/unloader, priced at about $70,000, can be as quick as one year.
How to use grain bags
All types of dry grain can be stored in the bags, and Kopman uses them for the corn and soybeans he grows around Bryant, South Dakota. Each 10-foot-diameter by 300-foot-long filled bag holds 13,000 bushels, so he can judge how many he needs according to yield that year.
“Prepare a site on the highest area of the field that has all drainage away from it; you don’t want it to hold water. I pack the soil and lay the bag northwest to southeast so the prevailing winds blow along it,” he says, explaining how snow piles up along side of it instead of over it...Back to News