The Pervasive Grain Bins of the Prairies

Grain bins, technically called steel grain silos, dot the the Prairies and Plains of North America. They come in many different sizes, tiny to massive. They first appeared in the 1920’s, they would last longer than wood structures and were stronger. Driving across grain country of the central U.S. and Canada they are everywhere.

I kept my eyes peeled for them on this latest trip to south central Manitoba. They are all over the place.

These big ones can hold up to 30,000 bushels of grain. Brock makes giant grain bins that can hold up to 71,000 bushels!

They have their own staircases up to the top.

Near Roseisle Manitoba above

Rathwell, Manitoba

A lonely solitary bin

Hopper bottom bins

Somerset, Manitoba

 

 

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