Grain Vacuum Services/Rentals/Suppliers

Grain Vacuum Services/Rentals/Suppliers

Last week we shared an article from Iowa State University on Flooding and Stored Grain, which included these key points:

Flood-damaged bin
Figure 1. Flood-damaged grain bins likely contain two levels of grain, contaminated and non-contaminated. Grain vacuums are one tool for removing good grain from the top or sides of the bin. (Photo courtesy Angie Lange)
  • Flood damaged grain (defined as flood waters from rivers/streams) is adulterated grain because of the potential for many contaminants to enter through the water. This grain should be destroyed, never blended. Additional Flooded Grain Best Practices information can be found on Nebraska Grain and Feed Assocation's website.
  • Flood Damaged Grain Hay Disposal, a resource from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, outlines options for disposing of flood-soaked grain, including land application, burning, or disposal in a lined landfill. Another option can be with composting livestock carcasses.
  • There may be an opportunity to remove the good grain on top of the flooded grain either from the top or side, not down through the damaged grain. The reclaim conveyors and pits under bins contain flood water as well.
  • When stored grain is flooded, the moisture won't travel more than a foot above the flood water line. Remove all the good grain before doing anything with the bad portion. Do not start aeration fans on flooded bins.
  • Have the entire structure and related electrical components inspected by a qualified electrician, to verify that nothing is still energized, before taking action to salvage the grain.
  • Safety includes being aware of signs of failure when working around bins containing wetted grain: sheered bolts, doors misaligned, bin separation from foundation, etc.
  • Have a plan for where you're moving the grain you're removing from the bin. Elevators and ethanol plants in flooded areas may not be able to accept additional grain for a period of time.

A grain vacuum is a tool to remove grain from the top and sides of the bin while avoiding the flood-damaged grain in the bin. Growers have been calling regarding where to obtain grain vacuum services or buy/rent grain vacuums. A list of providers follows to save growers time in finding this information. There is now also a comprehensive list of service providers from Nebraska Grain and Feed Association at the following link:

City, State Company Phone Website Additional Info
Multiple States Hulcher Services (800) 637-5471 NE location in Grand Island (308) 381-6502
Northwest Iowa RMJ Grain (712) 210-0256 or (719) 890-4015 Producer needs to supply trucks
Atkins, IA West Side Salvage, Inc. 319-446-7600 Full service vac. Also vac sales or lease 10 units on hand.
Humbolt, IA Thompson Grain Service (515) 332-1513
City, State Company Phone Website Additional Info
Beatrice, NE Roehrs Machinery (402) 228-3319 Grain vacs for purchase.
Columbus, NE Busch Equipment (402) 562-1101 Grain vacs for purchase.
Dannebrog, NE Oak Creek Supply (800) 967-2592 Grain vacs for purchase and rent.
Dodge, NE Paul Uher-Walinga Dealer (402) 380-9277 Grain vacs for purchase. Waiting list for one rental.
Elm Creek, NE NEBCOM Agridistributing Inc. (800) 658-3145 Grain vacs for purchase and service grain vacs.
Henderson, NE Northern Agri-Services (800) 554-8715 Discount vac rental for flood victims. Also has pumps to remove flood water.
Kearney, NE Mid-States Irrigation & Repair (308) 236-5496 One grain vac for rent.
Omaha, NE Turbo Turtle (402) 881-1959 Grain vacs for rent.
Seward, NE Production Sales Inc. (800) 642-6005 Grain vacs for purchase and rent. Discount rental for flood victims.
Syracuse, NE Keim Farm Equipment (402) 269-2451 Grain vac for purchase.
Atkins, IA West Side Salvage, Inc. 800-747-0104 Full service vac. Also vac sales or lease 10 units on hand.
Clear Lake, IA Grain Vacs Inc. (641) 357-7333 Grain vacs for purchase.
Numerous locations Greenline Equipment Possibly for purchase/rent. Checking within their locations.

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