Posted on: 2020-11-03
With the grain season well underway, it is a good time to be thinking about protecting your precious harvest from the elements. With the slew of challenges that 2020 has brought us, the profits from this harvest will be very welcome. This makes protecting your grain haul all the more important this year. To protect your precious harvest, stockpile covers will be essential. These typically use tarpaulins to shield the crop from the elements. One of the most common types used in agriculture recently has been grain bunkers, a very versatile application of high quality tarpaulins.
Grain harvests are not feasible in short timeframes, sometimes taking weeks to complete as many major growers span hundreds of square kilometers. During the harvest, and before sales can be made, the crop must be protected. Grain bunkers are perfect for this temporary storage. These storage systems usually consist of a tarpaulin between the ground and the grain and another covering it above, resembling a bunker (hence the name). These forms of stockpile covers are great for grain harvests as they can cover large loads and are cheaper than silos while having more potential capacity.
When left out in a field exposed to the elements, harvested grain can be severely damaged by rain. They can also be affected by UV radiation, which can reduce grain number and grain weight. Both of these factors significantly reduce crop value and necessitate stockpile covers. The plastics used in tarpaulins for grain bunkers are water and UV resistant to protect the precious harvest from damage.
Contact Polytex for more information about protecting the upcoming harvest with grain bunkers.