Getting Insight from the 2019 Harvest Season

Article published on: Jun 10

As we journey into a new season, grain bagging can help you to do more.

It’s 2020, which means we’re looking into the eyes of a new harvest season coming up. However, as all farmers know, there are so many lessons to be learned from the last harvest. It’s vital to look back at the 2019 season to get insights that can help as we lean into a new season, and it’s important to take some lessons from the past harvest into the future.

As we begin to enter into another season, there are lots of things to think about. From dealing with unharvested crops and a shortage of storage due to COVID-19 to an affected supply chain and inventory forecasting, the 2019 season and the 2020 season will run together unlike many seasons in the past. Because of the really unique situation that we’re currently finding ourselves in, this upcoming harvest season is the best time we have to proactively gain insights and put them into action.

Dealing with unharvested crop

A big struggle from the 2019 season that we’re still dealing with today is a large abundance of unharvested crops to deal with. Even in 2020 and into the 2020 season, there are many farmers who are dealing with the supply chain mess that an unharvested crop left. The most important thing to do, however? To move the grain off, and to face the issue head-on.

One of the best ways to store grain until it’s ready to be processed is by storing it in grain bags. The grain bagging process is a great way to minimize labour costs and keep your grain safe, and it’s a wonderful way to store your grain while dealing with supply chain issues. By grain bagging, you’re keeping your grain stored away from wildlife and weather while also keeping it at peak temperature. With grain bags, you’re able to get your grain off the field and into storage quickly and safely.

Problems from the 2019 season

A big issue coming off the tail end of the 2019 season is a shortened storage availability due to COVID-19. With restrictions in place to keep people away from each other and healthy, some typical grain storage solutions are harder to come by. From grain elevators to grain bagging, there are so many different ways to store your grain. However, it’s important to look for grain storage solutions that minimize risk — which is where grain bagging comes in.

With grain bagging, you have a storage solution that puts the farmer first. You’re able to store your grain onsite, you’re able to keep your grain at a temperature that is good for it, you’re able to keep your grain safe from wildlife and predators and you’re able to process the grain with a lower amount of labour. Grain bags are a great insurance policy for your crop, and grain bagging is the best way to process and store your bag quickly, efficiently and safely.

Why has the supply chain been affected?

In this unique time we’re in, the supply chain has been affected due to different supply and different demands. Right now, a wildly decreased demand for things like corn and potatoes has disrupted the supply chain in many ways for North American farmers. In the same breath, COVID-19 has also impacted the supply chain on another level with lots of varying demand for products as things like restaurants and cafeterias have closed. Regardless of what’s going on in America, farmers are still planting, growing and harvesting their crops. With grain bagging, farmers can trust that their crop is safely stored and well maintained in the interim.

Why is this the time to consider grain bagging?

Farmers are, quite simply, used to many variables affecting their crops. From weather to demand, each season is a new chance for new issues and new solutions. Part of becoming a farmer is learning to adapt, which is something that farmers, harvesters and growers are well aware of. This year is a great example of that — with the COVID-19 crisis at height of mind for billions of people, it’s important for farmers to be able to pivot to meet demand and a lack of it. By storing grain in grain bags, farmers are able to buy time when needed and save time as well. Grain bagging allows farmers to do everything from storing their crop onsite to reducing labour costs, which is obviously ideal.

At Pro Grain Equipment, we specialize in equipment that helps to make grain bagging the ideal decision for your farm. In these unprecedented times, it’s a great choice to see how we can help to make grain bagging work for you, your harvests and your farm operation.