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Macon Construction | #1 Hoop Building Company

Here’s why Grain Elevators are ditching ground piles once and for all

Macon Construction’s hoop building supplies a spoilage-free environment for your high-priced grain.
Our flat grain storage building provides great benefits over a ground pile.

A Macon Building Provides

Less electric costs

There are tremendous electric costs affiliated with a ground pile. Continuously running fans with a grain pile cause year-long electric costs to creep higher and higher. Our fans run only 5-10% of the time.

Less labor costs

A grain pile requires hours to put up a new cover each year. The cover must be purchased, which equates to $20-$30,000 or 1 cent per bushel. There’s labor to remove the cover. Macon puts on a cover once for many, many seasons of grain storage. Reclaiming the grain in a ground pile is labor intensive, while Macon’s technological design allows your grain to be reclaimed efficiently.

Less grain shrinkage

With significant moisture pulled out of the corn, great shrinkage of volume and weight can occur. The Macon Building keeps moisture levels much more in check, preventing shrinkage, and resulting in more volume and weight to be sold.

Less spoilage risk

With a grain pile covered for so long, you don’t know what your commodity is going to look like when you take off the cover. You may have 2 million bushels of black grain. Or, the grain might be fine. It’s a lot of risk. With a Macon building, your risk of spoilage nearly vanishes.

After holding 2 million bushels for approximately 3 years, only 12 bushels spoiled.”
Satisfied Macon Customer

Less electric costs

Less labor costs

Less grain shrinkage

Less spoilage risk

Our hoop shed keeps our wheat closest to original quality as possible. Ground piles have caused me grain quantity issues in the past, and unlike bins, we can see and evaluate the grain within the hoop safely. Very minimal spoilages and a couple strong years on carry and we’ve already reached a dollar-per-dollar payback with the stored bushels. We’re very glad we decided not to wait another year or so to make this investment.”

Max Mobley, Central Prairie Co-Op