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Grain bins are also known as grain silos. To those of us not that familiar with the commercial farming industry we have probably just called them simply "silos".
The word "silo" comes to us from the Greek word σιρός or siros which means a "pit for holding grain" - which is still what a grain silo is used for today. Of course they're not pits dug under the earth any longer, but complex and well-built structures that rise above the ground.
They are called grain bins within the agriculture industry because that's what they typcially contain. They can hold grain, fermented feed which is called "silage", corn, cement, coal, woodchips, sawdust and carbon black.
When used in agriculture, these bins/silos are typically round and made of corrugated metal. Square structures are also used, but round is more preferred because materials can't get stuck in corners that way.
These bins help farmers keep their products on-farm for longer, which can help them increase their harvest capacities. Farmers can hold onto their commodity for longer and wait for a time when the market may be better so they can get a better price and thereby maximize their productivity.
One of the largest and most well-known producers of these silos is Grain Systems, Incorporated. They make what are otherwise commonly known as GSI grain bins. GSI makes all sorts of grain bins are are thought of as one of the leaders in the industry.
We'll touch on many more aspects of GSI grain bins, how they're used and other options for storing agriculture commodities in the future - if you have any ideas on what we should share here, please let us know!