Agriculture, Silos

Why are silos getting bigger?

Australia’s agriculture industry have embraced new silo trends. ABHR sat down with Allied Grain Systems to learn how the industry is changing.

Australia’s agriculture industry have embraced new silo trends. ABHR sat down with Allied Grain Systems to learn how the industry is changing.

With the end of the drought and the increase in wet weather, there has been an increase in grain storage.

Cameron Livolsi, sales manager at Allied Grain Systems, said people are moving away from the standard convention of just having a few seed silos.

“More grain growers are moving towards bulk storage because its more efficient,” he told ABHR. “The bigger the silos, the cost effective the storage is per tonne.”

“It enables them to market their own grain without being beholden to external forces and reducing the strain on system at harvest time. Enabling both the growers and end users the ability to control when product is delivered.”

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Allied Grain Systems designs, constructs and installs handling and storage solutions for the entire Australian grains industry. In addition to supplying on-farm silos to growers, it also builds commercial-scale solutions for complex grain handling and processing sites, using the latest technologies.

The company specialises in structural, civil, and mechanical project management.

Livolsi said Allied Grain Systems can provide conical silos and flat-bottom storage silos for a wide range of uses.

“We can anything from 250t to 1500t for conical silos through to 500t to 20,000t and beyond for flat bottom silos,” he said.

“We have worked with projects around the country, with ports, malting facilities – anyone looking for bulk storage and handling of grains.”

One example of Allied Grain Systems working alongside the industry is delivering transhipment infrastructure for T-Ports at Wallaroo on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula.

The project will see two new silos built, providing 20,500 tonnes of storage at the port itself. Each will be fully sealed to allow for fumigation and will be connected to two hoppers each with an intake of 500 tonnes per hour. 

The belt conveyor across the top of the silos is an enclosed Hi Roller belt conveyor, with dust filters equipped at each transfer point to minimise dust emissions.

Allied Grain Systems will provide all the structural work and has independently tested the belts to ensure it complies with Australian Standards. With proper preventative maintenance, the conveyor is expected to last for more than 20 years.

Livolsi said gas sealing has become much more important to the market.

“Unsealed silos can lead to fumigation leaking out and becoming less effective,” he said. “This means pests can build up a tolerance to the few approved chemicals in Australia.”

“If that happens, more expensive fumigants will be required, or more labour-intensive methods will need to be used to stop pests.”

Allied Grain Systems has supported the grain industry for more than 25 years, building up its expertise. 

Livolsi said that as specialist in grain storage and handling, the company can work with its clients to develop the best solutions.

“We’ve grown large enough that we can take on big projects with really good quality, specialised products for grain handling,” he said.

“We have a full manufacturing facility that is capable of handling pretty much anything. All of our structural work is done in Australia.

“With the end of the drought, we have expanded workshop and workforce, which has allowed us to take on more projects. This growth has led to more happy customers and we hope to continue growing as leaders in our field.” 

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