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Discussion Board - Corn cribs

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Glenn D

02-05-2014 08:01:46
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Long time ago I used to see lots of farms had vast corn cribs. haven't seen one in years. did they fall out of favour or did I just not notice that they aren't used in the areas I travel these days?




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kerry50

02-13-2014 16:32:53
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 Re: Corn cribs in reply to Glenn D, 02-05-2014 08:01:46  

Finally got a picture of mine. Have never seen this one full. I have had corn in it up to the second ring. My grandad had one like this one just up the road at his house. He had another one made of wood and on concrete piers. It was about 3 feet off the ground. About 12 feet wide and maybe 60 feet long. Not real sure about the dimensions since it fell down about 10 years ago. We never grew much corn here but always bought ear corn to fill those cribs. I remember grandpa buying ear corn that was stored in a one room school house once. He had four grandsons that were just all to eager to shovel that corn out, not, lol.

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Paul

02-08-2014 12:45:09
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 Re: Corn cribs in reply to Glenn D, 02-05-2014 08:01:46  
Just saw this on the big farm site. Shelling and picking ear corn o a big scale in Canada!

http://m.youtube.com/watch?
v=Wn13T5JtzXA&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DWn13T5J
tzXA

Paul



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Dave Sherburne NY

02-08-2014 06:07:09
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 Re: Corn cribs in reply to Glenn D, 02-05-2014 08:01:46  
Not much feed value an a corn cob. Corn on the cob requires at least twice the storage space of shelled corn. 20 years ago I used to run Shovelveyor mentioned below back then there were only 3 farms to pickup from. The amish used to like the cobcorn ground and mixed for feed, probably the same reason they still use horses. "That's the way we've always done it"



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redforlife

02-07-2014 20:39:34
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 Re: Corn cribs in reply to Glenn D, 02-05-2014 08:01:46  
corn cribs and old wood graineries have really become obsolete in the last 2 or 3 decades in my area. see fewer and fewer and the only ones you do see are the ones that have stood the test of time without being cared for. several reasons for this. alot fewer people have livestock and those that do dont use ear corn for feed. no place to market ear corn and hasnt been for years. the modern day grain farmers have gotten to be huge operators and they just simply cant use these small structures to store grain. it would be more work than what it would be worth.

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farmerwithmutt

02-07-2014 10:22:32
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 Re: Corn cribs in reply to Glenn D, 02-05-2014 08:01:46  
does anybody remember the name of the outfit that made truck mounted elevators .im thinking shovelvator. kinda neat all hyd elevator on top of truck .the feed mill would come and get the feed with that and deliver it latter with auger truck
and does anybody remember the rats? one guy would fire up a push mower when he was shelliing rat come out look for a dark place then restart motor and go again. my dad had one go up a pants leg he caught it and broke its neck.

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Fordfarmer

02-07-2014 12:14:54
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 Re: Corn cribs in reply to farmerwithmutt, 02-07-2014 10:22:32  
Shovelveyor. Two local feed mills still have them.



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Glenn D

02-06-2014 15:07:53
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 Re: Corn cribs in reply to Glenn D, 02-05-2014 08:01:46  
Thanks folks. I never really know the reason to have a corn crib, just noticed they noticed they were gone. This has been very infomative



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LonM

02-06-2014 13:17:15
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 Re: Corn cribs in reply to Glenn D, 02-05-2014 08:01:46  

We still pick corn for our cattle, but pretty much everyone around combines and dries theirs. As others stated, combines got much larger than pickers, there is a lot of labor involved with handling it, and then to market it as regular corn it has to be shelled anyway. Here are a few pictures:

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Alan K

02-15-2014 09:44:09
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 Re: Corn cribs in reply to LonM, 02-06-2014 13:17:15  
I remember hearing the ear corn drop in the empty crib, like it dropping in an empty wagon as well, a neat sound. It was a lot to handle but Im glad I grew up with it than what it is nowdays. It was alot of work but you could see your progress in a crib, in a bin not so much. Nice pictures.



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mosinee dave

02-06-2014 06:33:54
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 Re: Corn cribs in reply to Glenn D, 02-05-2014 08:01:46  
When we built our corn crib we built it wide enough so we can unload it from the end with a skid steer about 7 ft wide with a 6 ft opening.at 7 ft wide we have no proplem with drying the corn and no mold proplems



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MoMike

02-05-2014 13:24:34
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 Re: Corn cribs in reply to Glenn D, 02-05-2014 08:01:46  
Part of the issue is the fact that a lot of the small livestock operations, dairy and beef are no longer going for whatever reason so the need for ground ear corn is fading. JMO



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Bob Bancroft

02-05-2014 13:22:23
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 Re: Corn cribs in reply to Glenn D, 02-05-2014 08:01:46  
In the late summers of my youth, when the corn was too big to cultivate, all the grain, straw, and hay was harvested, it was state fair time, and often 100 degrees in the shade, we shelled corn out of the crib, for sale! I was just big enough to keep the shelled corn away from the spout on the truck. The men were in the crib shoveling the ear corn. Always bees nests to deal with in the cribs. Then much later when I started farming I filled some cribs others had quit using. Now I have bins with built in unloading and sweep augers, an elevator leg, etc. I don't miss ear corn at all. Any more than I miss trying to bale dry material right off the ground in this wet climate. Picking corn was like kidney bean harvest- when the weather was nice, it was a treat. When the weather turned against you, it was murder!

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rrlund

02-05-2014 10:11:41
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 Re: Corn cribs in reply to Glenn D, 02-05-2014 08:01:46  

I still have several. You can see the one on the side of the toolshed behind the tractors.
It takes quite a Rube Goldberg setup for me to get the danged stuff out and in to the grinder anymore as I get older.

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Formenwhogrow

02-07-2014 09:03:14
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 Re: Corn cribs in reply to rrlund, 02-05-2014 10:11:41  
That is quite a mechanism there.. Did you build that? I am referring to the twin auger that feeds into the elevator. I would not want to be shoveling or kicking corn into it. Looks like a shoe lace or pant leg catcher, I would hate to get caught in it!



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rrlund

02-07-2014 10:05:40
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 Re: Corn cribs in reply to Formenwhogrow, 02-07-2014 09:03:14  
It's factory made. The custom shellers all used to have them. One thing about it,the direction the augers turn,they push up in the center so they kind of push your foot up and out. Not to say that I haven't had a scare a few times by having my foot slip in to it.



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randallinMo

02-06-2014 06:38:19
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 Re: Corn cribs in reply to rrlund, 02-05-2014 10:11:41  
rrlund...I sure like the looks of your silage bale grab you have on the front of that Oliver. It looks well built. What brand is it or did you build it?



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rrlund

02-06-2014 07:00:51
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 Re: Corn cribs in reply to randallinMo, 02-06-2014 06:38:19  
It's a WorkSaver. worksaver,com



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Paul

02-05-2014 08:42:15
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 Re: Corn cribs in reply to Glenn D, 02-05-2014 08:01:46  
Got cheap to dry kernel corn, combines got bigger than pickers, less material to handle with shell corn, less labor, less storage room.

Pretty much like all businesses, came down to supply management, time, and labor.

Paul



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