What is That? Parts of a Grain Bin

Posted: March 19, 2020

As you drive by farms you may see a cluster of grain bins. These large, round silver-gray steel structures are used to store grain, like corn and soybeans. As you glance at the grain bins you will notice several other things.

A grain dryer is used to dry down the grain to an acceptable moisture level so it won’t spoil in the bin. A grain leg is used to lift grain from an in-ground grain pit up into the bins by way of a bucket elevator. The grain is transferred to a bin through a downspout. A smaller hopper bin holds grain temporarily. Ladders, with safety cages, allow farmers access to the bins to check grain. Fans are turned on as needed for air flow to keep grain in good condition.