Grain Cooling Systems

Martin Lishman Grain Cooling system in a grainstore

Your Cooling Solution

From 100 tons to 22,000 tons, from converted cattle sheds to purpose-built commercial grain stores, for the past 45 years Martin Lishman grain cooling and ventilation systems have been the number one choice for farmers looking for a simple solution to storing their crops.

After more than 45 years as pioneers and experts in grain cooling technology, Martin Lishman continue to take important steps forward in supporting crop storage customers in their fight to achieve energy cost savings while still preserving grain quality, and significantly expanding the options for customers with fast-changing demands.

Why ventilate your grain store?

Many agricultural buildings have inadequate external ventilation, or none at all. This makes cooling systems inefficient because warm air extracted from the grain is circulated within the building rather than being expelled. The result is poor energy efficiency and slow cooling speeds. Condensation can occur inside the building giving a higher potential for insect infestation.

Leaving the doors open can help the situation, but there is still no through-flow of fresh air. This also increases the security risk at remote sites and is non-compliant with quality assurance schemes since birds and vermin can enter the store.

A building ventilation system, such as StoreVent removes all these risks and ensures maximum energy and cooling efficiency from your crop ventilation system.

Diagram to show grain cooling pedestal airflow in a grainstore
Martin Lishman Temperature Differential Fan Controller.

Grain Cooling is a Priority

Insects, fungi and mycotoxins develop quickly in grain at high temperatures. For this reason, it is important to start using a crop cooling system system such as Pile-Dry or FloorVent Pedestals as soon as grain comes into the store or off the drier and continue for at least 24 hours to remove high heat. This should be done irrespective of weather conditions. Even if it is raining, damp air will not affect the moisture of high temperature grain. It is almost impossible to increase the moisture when cooling grain that is still warm.

Continue cooling with automatic control to make best use of cooler air when it is available during the immediate post-harvest period. It is a common mistake to wait until cold weather comes – doing so increases the risk of condensation caused by heat in the grain meeting cold air above the surface of the grain.

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