Necessity was thus the critical factor that spurred research and pushed the technique to the forefront of agricultural technology in the late part of the 90’s decade, developing slowly at first and then evolving at an accelerated pace as it continued to prove its worth in everyday, real-world conditions.
Evidence that the system has fully come of age is attested by the fact that almost half of the total amount of grain produced in the Argentine Republic is now stored inside grain bags, or silo bags as they are known there, and growing. In numbers, this means that in the 2009 campaign some 40 million tons of dry grains were enclosed in plastic and it is expected that at least 45 million tons will find their way into bags in 2010. It is rather surprising to verify that this tonnage amounts to twice the entireAustralian grain production in a good year.
The scenario of old has changed considerably in America and the rest of the world as a global-oriented economy has gradually taken over. In this context the rise in the price of commodities such as corn and soybeans, in part because of new productions such as ethanol, are potential boons for the farming community. Add to this the fact that growing worldwide demand for food and energy will most likely sustain and augment this trend. All this represents great opportunity, but it also poses a challenge because adequate planning and logistics are essential if the best results are to be achieved.
On-site storage with its inherent advantages is pivotal to a good sales strategy, and storing grain in polyethylene bags is the smart and proven, cost-effective method available today to accomplish that. In fact, the advantages of the grain bagging technique are so many and its appeal is so widespread that its users range from small producers who own a couple of hundred acres of land, to huge international grain traders such as Cargill, Bunge and Dreyfus.
Now a method has been developed that allows the dual operations of filling and emptying the bags to be performed in the most simple and straightforward way yet devised:
Flexi-Grain Storage system.