Tacs Farms Harvest Management Solution

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Taks Farms, Crossfield, Alberta

The Problem

Before the Taks contacted Skyway to design and build this system they already owned the Sukup Screen Dryer. They had a temporary simple system set up for their dryer that consisted of a wet surge hopper tank with a portable auger emptying it up into the dryer and then another portable auger unloading the dryer to a surge dry hopper tank. So grain that came in wet off the field went into the wet surge hopper tank with a portable auger then went through the dryer and into the dry surge hopper tank. The dry grain then was emptied out of the dry surge hopper tank with a truck auger into a truck and driven across the yard to another portable auger to be unloaded from the truck up into other bins the Taks had in the yard. The amount of extra work moving grain in the yard was hampering their harvest progress. If they were drying wheat in the morning and then in the afternoon switched the combines to a field of barley they would have to wait until the wet surge hopper was emptied of the wheat from the morning before they could begin putting barley through for drying – this would mean finding temporary space for their wet barley be stored…. You can easily see the amount of extra work they were trying to get done while also trying to get the crop off the field – they were in desperate need of a grain handling system to eliminate the large amount of work they were performing just moving grain around there yard.

The Solution

Skyway Grain Systems Inc. designed and built this grain handling, drying, and storage facility for Taks Farms just west of Crossfield, Alberta in the summer of 2018. The facility is operated by the Father and Son team, Murray and Ryan Taks. The system consists of:

  • 12” x 10,000 Bushel Per Hour Lambton Loop Chain Conveyor – operating on a slant.
  • 4 x 25,000 Bushel Sukup 36’ diameter flat bottom bins with 10” Springland U-trough unload systems and full floor canola perf aeration systems
  • 4 x 7,000 Bushel hopper bins (2 for wet surge & 2 for dry surge) all equipped with aeration
  • 2 x 3,900 Bushel Per Hour Lambton Galvanized Bucket Elevators (1 for wet grain & 1 for dry grain)
  • 2 x 12” x 3,900 Bushel Per Hour round screw augers for wet grain (operated on VFD drives)
  • Sukup Axial Screen Dryer Model T203 – 500 BPH removing 5% cooled (Wheat)

At harvest trucks unload into the truck receiving hopper on the loop conveyor by driving up and over the concrete driveway. From the truck receiving hopper the loop conveyor elevates and conveys the grain at 10,000 Bushel Per Hour to either of the two wet surge hopper tanks if it needs to be dried, or if it is dry off the field straight to one of the four 36’ diameter x 25,000 bushel flat bottom tanks for long term storage.

If the grain comes off the field too wet for safe long term storage it goes from the truck receiving hopper at 10,000 bushel per hour into one of the wet surge hoppers. Each of these wet surge hoppers has a 12” slow turning heavy duty screw conveyor unloading to the wet bucket elevator. The wet bucket elevator has a three way pan valve at the discharge with three spouts. The most used spout off of the wet bucket elevator goes to the Sukup Model T203 Axial Screen Dryer, the other two spouts allow grain to fill the dry surge hopper tanks – the reason for having these two spouts off the wet bucket elevator into the dry surge hoppers is so they can get grain into the dry surge tanks without having to route it through the grain dryer. At the discharge of the Sukup grain dryer we have the dry grain bucket elevator. The grain drops via gravity from the discharge auger on the grain dryer into the boot hopper on the dry bucket elevator. The dry bucket elevator lifts the grain and drops it into one of the two dry surge hopper tanks. The two dry surge hopper tanks are situated above the bottom run of the loop conveyor allowing them to be unloaded at 10,000 bushel per hour with the loop conveyor and taken out to one of the 25,000 bushel flat bottom bins, or back into the wet surge tanks, or to the truck spout above the driveway. Every bin in the system is connected to the Sukup Grain Dryer.

The loop conveyor is driven by two 60 HP drive corners situated in each top corner. The reason for these large HP drives is that Murray and Ryan plan on adding 5 more of the 36’ flat bottom bins in the future – the two x 60 HP motors will be required for this future expansion. When the time comes for this expansion Skyway will take down the tower and slant section at the end of the loop (opposite end as the truck driveway) set it to the side, build five more of the 36’ diameter flats, and then reinstall the end tower into its new location with the new loop components installed above and below the 5 new flat bottom bins. In the end the Taks will have a total storage of 253,000 bushel all connected to each other and to the grain dryer.

Once explained the system design seems very simple doesn’t it? Like the founder of Skyway Grain Systems, Ellwood Sawby, would always say to himself while working with customers designing the perfect system flow to suit their specific needs: “keep it simple stupid”.