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Grain Bagging | Progressive Farmer: To Bag Or Not To Bag?

August 01, 2014

That’s the question for farmers who need temporary grain storage quickly.

John Peterson would rather have permanent grain storage. But grain bags suit his needs just fine for now.

Peterson and his father, Steve, farm about 1,500 acres of corn and soybeans near Wakonda, S.D. Five years ago, harvest found them with more grain than bin space because they had picked up some extra ground. They also didn’t have enough trucks, drivers or time to wait in line at an elevator in town.

So the Petersons bought a GrainLogix bagging system from Loftness. The GBL 10 model will produce 300-foot-long plastic bags capable of holding 12,000 to 15,000 bushels. The Petersons loaded 20% moisture corn, and next spring and summer unloaded it to put through a drier or to air dry. It was in fine shape.

Since 2009, Peterson says he has put about 850,000 bushels of corn into bags for his farm and for custom-harvest customers. “We’re glad we got it [a bagging system],” he says...

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