Stored seed will be cozy come spring

Our seed and chemical storage facility project is underway

Nearly a year later, the seed and chemical storage building is coming to fruition. This project was supposed to have happened last year, however issues with a contractor caused an indefinite hold. I think I may have written about that situation early in the summer. All I will say is that when you're dealing with an unreasonable person, litigation and lawyers, the latter are the only ones that win.

Returning from that rabbit trail, likely against better judgment and in the face of the ugly Ag economy, I decided to go ahead with the project. The difference this time is that I am the general contractor. The building size was revised by deleting an open sided machinery storage area and adding a bit more area inside for one of Rachael's projects.

The 50 x 70 building will be constructed on a four-foot stem wall, going into the ground three feet and sitting on a footer at frost level. Walls will be 2x6 studs with an eave height of 18 feet.

I have selected a scissor (raised) cord truss with a top pitch of 5/12 and bottom pitch of 2.5/12. This gives a peak height inside of nearly 24 feet. I have decided to omit perlins and replace them with OSB. This will add to the sturdiness of the structure.

Radiant heat provisions will be installed in the concrete floor. It is likely I will have a skim coat of spray foam sprayed on the inside of exterior walls, and then use cellulose above the ceiling to complete the insulation.

General contracting the project has allowed control of materials selected and contractors. I have been able to purchase when they are on sale, and store them until construction begins. All in all, I feel I am getting a better product for not much more money.

I don't have anything against post frame/pole barns, they just aren't my preference. Furthermore, excavating for the foundation revealed nothing was ever buried on the farm, it was just covered up and then a new layer put on top. If we had gone post, we would have hit a substantial obstacle on half of the holes. As it was with concrete walls, we were below the debris and shouldn't have to worry about anything heaving up through the floor.

Details were just finalized with the builder, framing should commence within a month. It will be nice when this gets done. We will be able to work in our shop instead of having to work around all the seed.

The opinions of Kyle Stackhouse are not necessarily those of Farm Futures or the Penton Farm Progress Group.

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