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Old 11th Jul 2019, 18:09
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Looks like the Patriot Missile system.
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Old 11th Jul 2019, 22:29
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Originally Posted by blue up View Post

Looks like the Patriot Missile system.
I have to admit that was my first thought as well. However I suspect storage is the likely answer. Old shipping containers are relatively cheap and readily available - their use for storage is pretty common in the US. The only unusual part is the 'half buried'.
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Old 11th Jul 2019, 22:38
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They are not buried, they are in this position so that you save one transfer from combine to trailer to storage. The combine harvester can unload direct into the containers, the doors being at the right height and you can load / unload by gravity, saving time, energy, wear and tear and fuel on tractor/trailer. Very clever idea, no conveyor belt necessary. You still have the many trips by combine to container when it is usualy done by slave tractors/trailers emptying the harvester which can keep going non stop... (so not so much of a time saver after all but certainly a saving on machinery use!) The inconvenient I can see is the confined space if the crop is not very dry at harvest time, you take the risk of too much humidity and loose on quality by lack of ventilation. But I guess in OZ you don't have too much problem weatherwise and no need for forced mechanical drying before shipping. This is my guess of course, since I have never seen this done before!!!

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Old 11th Jul 2019, 23:27
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Hello everyone, thanks for the replies. I think the grain storage idea is probably right as it is in the middle of a wheat field and I can see the logic to it. For those thinking of solar panels they are angled towards the South which is the wrong way for us. Below is a google maps link to them and you can see where the field has been harvested quite clearly.

https://goo.gl/maps/cr3j26Wv84umjNoY6
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Old 11th Jul 2019, 23:38
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For any of the above, I can't see why he would have cut the end of the container so that it still has doors, but they are vertical.

Most Oz farmers do not store grain at all after harvest.
They may have small storage silos for seed grain, most of which now is GM (neutered) grain purchased prior to seeding.

Dairy farmers may have feed grain but that doesn't look much like a dairy property.
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Old 12th Jul 2019, 00:08
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Originally Posted by WingNut60 View Post

Most Oz farmers do not store grain at all after harvest.
Wrong. Most grain farmers DO store grain. Have a look at grain farms on Google Earth.
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Old 12th Jul 2019, 00:12
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Wrong. Most grain farmers DO store grain. Have a look at grain farms on Google Earth.
Sorry, I'm not seeing much to confirm your contention.
Can you be more specific.
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Old 12th Jul 2019, 00:13
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Originally Posted by WingNut60 View Post
....may have small storage silos for seed grain, most of which now is GM (neutered) grain purchased prior to seeding.
Wrong again. Most crops grown in Oz are NOT GM (cotton and canola being the exception). Why just make stuff up?
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Old 12th Jul 2019, 00:23
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Sorry, but I live in the part of Oz where most of the grain is grown.
There is very little on-farm retention of grain on WA.


Re-GM - you are right. I was wrong. Mis-perception / mis-understanding.
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Old 12th Jul 2019, 00:49
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May be related?

Seatainer storage

Re - beveling. The tree in the foreground, in the second photo, gives the impression that the upper doors have been modified, which they have not.


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Old 12th Jul 2019, 01:26
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Originally Posted by WingNut60 View Post
Sorry, but I live in the part of Oz where most of the grain is grown.
There is very little on-farm retention of grain on WA.

Interesting. I am a third gen grain farmer, but on the east coast. I hadn't heard that WA farmers don't store their grain, so I looked up grain farms around Kondinin, WA, the only WA grain town I know of. The first three homesteads I looked at had the familiar row of circles, indicating silos, so....

Man, I've already spent WAY too much time on this.
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Old 12th Jul 2019, 01:57
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Yes, but not very much.
And they are used predominantly for seed grain and are frequently empty, or near so, until the run up to seeding.

What I believe happens in the east is storage of grain to optimise returns as markets fluctuate. Possibly because of the higher proportion of boutique crops.
I do not believe that that is a widespread practice over here.

Photo - near Kondinin - typical
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Old 12th Jul 2019, 03:13
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I could not see the containers very well in post 27, as an exercise, this looks better

Grain Containers

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Old 12th Jul 2019, 05:12
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Maybe we have. Just not very good at hiding it.
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Old 12th Jul 2019, 05:39
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Old 12th Jul 2019, 06:36
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Perhaps they could not source any old caddies,?
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Old 12th Jul 2019, 08:53
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You mean like this?


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