Now that Harvest is behind us it is worth thinking about what grain is still out there, what is the quality of the grain & where it is likely to be consumed?
- If ever there was a test for the usefulness of grain silo bags, the last harvest was the year and their increasing use has brought to fore a number of factors to ponder as the year progresses.
- Bagged storage has been traditionally thought of as a surge capacity and not a longer term storage solution.
- From a consumers perspective, the concern is DIFOTIS – (Delivery in Full, On Time, In Specification) The grain has to be cared for correctly and arrive at its destination on time and in line with the specifications agreed at the time of purchase. The use of grain silo bags does have an impact on growers and consumers from a logistics point of view.
- Increase in deliveries from one supplier changes the risk profile for the consumer, as the reliance on that supplier to perform all their deliveries leaves less margin for error on deliveries. Should the supplier fail to perform for any reason, i.e. Quality Issues, Mechanical Breakdown or Driver Hours Restrictions – the consumer is forced back into the prompt delivery market to fill any shortfall (generally at a premium to the market) and wash out the non-performing supplier. This creates additional work for the consumer and supplier, in addition to the feeling of disappointment on both sides of the trade.
- When it comes to the selling and execution of grain from storage in Silo Bags be sure you communicate with your customer. Ensure that you can meet the quality specification they are paying for and discuss the storage method and execution plan with them so that you can agree on a plan that meets the needs of both parties.
- Source; extracts from S. Howells.
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