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does anyone use a stave silo for shelled corn

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I am thinking about sticking an auger through a lower door and start filling it. i don't know if i would need to fill it but i need someplace to dump when the elevators are closed or lined up for six hrs to dump. two truckloads a day sure makes harvest drag on. if someone has done this did you use an ensilage blower? how much damage did you get? i'm feeding some cattle so i figured i'd screen it as i loaded out and use the screenings for feed. What do ya think, is it doable?

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neighbors put about 15,000 bu of beans in a stave silo last year. Just make sure you have some constant aeration if you leave them in there for any length of time. They filled with an auger through the top(it was a rather small one)

Chads

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Prairie farmer had a story about using silo's to store corn in it may have been high moisture corn though .

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Hi ihred,

Make sure it has enough hoops on it for grain storage, back in the '80s, when there was the "gov. reserve program", everything was getting filled here. There was a guy that filled his stave silo and when it was almost full the silo exploded! Luckly no one got hurt. The density of grain is a lot more than silage per foot. After that mishap, people added extra hoops if they were going to store grain.

Be careful :) !

IH RD

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Like IH RD said be careful, neighbor had a stave silo tip over last year when he was filling it with rolled shelled corn, the density and weight is considerably greater than silage. That being said, it can be done, we used to fill a concrete silo every year with dryed corn, we did use a NH blower and there was some cracking and damage to the corn. I have heard you can use a grain vac and blow it up the pipe that way but have never seen it done but might be worth looking in to. Just be very careful.

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Some very good points made by everyone, and that was my main concern. will the bands hold the extra pressure. I found a good article on this subject and if i interpreted it correctly i should be able to fill to about 75 percent capacity safely. that would be 7500 bu if my calculations are correct. 16'x65' will hold 10,496 bu.

they also had a good idea to fill it using a blower to minimize kernal damage. here's the website if anyone is interested http://www.bae.umn.edu/extens/postharvest/towersilos.html

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From the article, it would appear that you reall need to take great care in unloading the silo. Filling is kind of self explanitory, how fast, and how much grain damage you can tollorate. In determining what method you use.

Be Safe, Jerry

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If the unloader works, then you don't need to have that auger at the bottom. But you can put corn in a Stave silo. That's what we put our high moisture corn in. We put dry corn in a bin.

Farmall Teen

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  I have heard you can use a grain vac and blow it up the pipe that way but have never seen it done but might be worth looking in to. Just be very careful.

Neighbors have a metal silo they fill with corn. It did have a vertical auger up the side but it was slow so they replaced it with a grain vac. You know when they are filling the silo cause you can here the vac screaming even though they are almost a mile away.

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  I have heard you can use a grain vac and blow it up the pipe that way but have never seen it done but might be worth looking in to. Just be very careful.

Neighbors have a metal silo they fill with corn. It did have a vertical auger up the side but it was slow so they replaced it with a grain vac. You know when they are filling the silo cause you can here the vac screaming even though they are almost a mile away.

Gentleman Dad bought his farm from had a 6" verticle "leg auger". Talk about slow, slow, slow.

Chads

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We put about 5000 in a 16 -50 with auger . Cut a hole in chute slid in through a door about 3-4 th up and had a slide in lower door used a vac to get last out just had plastic on the ground. Biggest problem was pigions made a mess on top. It was a well built Madison silo. Never did run air usually took it by may or june.

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shomwheres in my essential stack of stuff i possess a newspaper front page with an aireal photo of 4 or five of them harvestor type concrete silos, or whats left of them, and their hmc contents all over a barn yard. guess one exploded and took its neighboring silos with it.

pretty sure it was downstate somewheres, gotta be, i aint got no "upstate"

im pretty sure you only need to get air to beans, not hmc. we have a mini harvestor, 41', that should be holding our beans, or if it was convienent to hold corn for a day or two. dad wants a screen bottom for the beans.

im surprised to see a blower will blow corn like that. must take a heck of alot of air

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