The Difference Between Grain Bins and Silos
Is that a bin, or is that a silo? What’s the difference?
These two structures are can be commonly mistaken, however, they each serve a different purpose. It starts with what they each store. Grain bins generally store dry corn and soybeans, which meet domestic or export market demand for feed, food and fuel use. Silos traditionally store silage, which is grass or other fodder harvested green and wet, primarily to feed dairy cattle.
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These two structures also look very different. Grain bins are metal cylinders with peaked metal roofs that typically have staircases or ladders on the outside. They are vented, silver, corrugated steel structures fatter in diameter than silos and have varying heights.
Silos are also cylindrical, but are commonly made of concrete, bricks, metal, and sometimes even wood. Their tops are usually dome-shaped, and they tend to be narrower and taller than grain bins. Grain bins are commonly found on grain farms or at elevators, whereas silos are at farms with cattle. Next time you spot these structures, will you know the difference?