Two farmers discuss their experiences with Fast Dry bins

Kamsack, Sask., farmer Nolan Nykolaishen was able to store 1,000 to 1,200 tonnes of wheat at 18 percent humidity — after six days, grain at the bottom of the bin measured out at 12 percent. | Wall Grain photo

Early harvest tends to pay off for Harv Aberhart, who has six 48-foot bins with 25 horsepower fans at his operation near Langenburg, Sask.

He will often over-dry some bins so he can blend with material in other bins.

Aberhart has dried a lot of canola in his Fast Dry bins, some of which have two roof fans. He started a new bin site in 2015 that has three-phase natural gas and is close to a highway. This allowed him to add more bins.

Nykolaishen Farms in Kamsack, Sask., started with three Fast Dry bins in 2003.

A few years ago, Nolan Nykolaishen added roof fans to his seven 48-foot Fast Dry bins that each hold 50,000 bushels. The farm has 25 hp, 1,750 rpm fans.

Last year he doubled fan speed to 3,500 rpm and added burners to a row of 67,000-bushel bins. He was able to store 1,000 to 1,200 tonnes of wheat at 18 percent. After six days he had the bottom at 12 percent.

Then he removed the peak by taking some loads out and putting them in other bins. This year he is adding the self-adjusting spreaders that handle his 16-inch auger.

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