I'm sure you have noticed the white long bags dotting grain fields throughout agricultural areas. Grain bags have become a common sight in many parts of the Prairies over the past 10 years, and there are various reasons why a farmer may store grain in a grain bag in the field, opposed to placing the grain in a grain bin at the time it was harvested.
With all good things come some drawbacks. The two most common drawbacks with grain bags are the handling and management of the bag in winter and management of the bags in terms of wildlife damage.
I have actually witnessed deer feeding on the grain within a grain bag like the one pictured here, after the deer gained access by punching holes in the bag with their hooves.
Of course the other drawback is gaining access to the grain bag in the wintertime when the farmer needs to move the grain as this farmer was doing when I chanced upon this taking place on this day.
Still, if the farmer has a bumper crop, and he runs out of bin storage, placing the grain in a grain bag beats dumping the grain on the ground like it once was done.
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