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 much less, in comparison.
A grain pile requires hours to put on a new cover each year. The cover must be purchased, which equates to thousands of dollars. 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.
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.
Our hoop shed keeps our wheat closest to original quality as possible. Ground piles have caused me grain quality issues in the past, and unlike bins, we can see and evaluate the grain within the hoop safely. Very minimal spoilage 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.”