Silos are essential to your farm. They provide storage for flour, grains, cereals, sugar and animal feed. They protect your produce from the outside and reduce the risk of spoilage. This is why silo hygiene is so important, and must be done regularly. Every farmer and their uncle probably has unwanted advice about silo cleaning and it can be difficult to separate fact from the fiction and the good from the bad.
Some of the worst advice about silo cleaning we’ve ever heard is ‘just do it yourself’. The fact that there are companies who train people and send them out to clean silos for you says a lot and isn’t something to ignore. The equipment used and the skills needed aren’t things you’ll just have in your repertoire to bust out any time you think the silo needs a wash. Attempting to do it yourself could result in serious injury and a silo that doesn’t adhere to hygiene standards. Hiring a team to come in and clean a silo shouldn’t be seen as a cost to ignore but as an investment to secure a livelihood. This isn’t an ordinary job.
‘You don’t need fancy tools to clean a silo’. The American Gothic farming and agriculture dream is over and ‘fancy tools’ are a way farming is being brought into being an industry and can keep up to speed with competitors. Machinery like the BinWhip and the BinDrill, using hydraulic powered whip rotation can clean a silo faster and more thorough. Why wouldn’t you want this technology? All you need is some electricity and a little hired man power. Leaving you to tend to other farming needs.
‘It doesn’t need to be done every year’. This is dangerous advice to believe. A silo should be cleaned around twice annually. Which isn’t that often so doesn’t need to forgotten about or ignored. Leaving it to a biannual clean or even just once a year could lead to leaks, loss of capacity, contamination, mould, flow disruption and potentially a shutdown of the produce production if the silo isn’t clean enough for the laws, rules and safety regulations that come with having them.
Advice can be thrown at you left, right and centre in this industry. It’s important to listen to the right ones.