Grains Research and Development

Date: 15.06.2012

Grain storage facilities

Grain Storage Facilities booklet cover

Planning for efficiency and quality

A Grains Industry Guide

Grain storage systems come in a range of shapes and sizes to meet farm requirements and careful planning is needed to optimise an on-farm grain storage facility investment.

According to the option selected, on-farm grain storage systems can provide a short-term or long-term storage facility. Depending on the goal of on-farm storage, whether it be access to improved markets or simply to maximise harvest efficiency, there are a number of options available.

Harvest is the ideal time to plan future grain storage system requirements, as it can help identify issues and opportunities for future harvest operations that may otherwise be forgotten once next year’s crop cycle gets underway.

This booklet includes:

  • Overview and introduction
  • Benefits and pitfalls of various storage types:
    • Silos
    • Grain storage bags
    • Sheds and bunkers
  • Facility and site considerations
  • Case study examples of storage layouts


Any recommendations, suggestions or opinions contained in this publication do not necessarily represent the policy or views of the Grains Research and Development Corporation. No person should act on the basis of the contents of this publication without first obtaining specific, independent professional advice. The Corporation and contributors to this Fact Sheet may identify products by proprietary or trade names to help readers identify particular types of products. We do not endorse or recommend the products of any manufacturer referred to. Other products may perform as well as or better than those specifically referred to. The GRDC will not be liable for any loss, damage, cost or expense incurred or arising by reason of any person using or relying on the information in this publication.

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GRDC Stored Grain Project

June 2012

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