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BayWa Agrar, Großmehring

By expanding the existing facilities, BayWa can now handle 60,000 tons of grain per year at the Großmehring site. This also meant an upgrade on systems to latest food and feed safety standards.

Trust forms the foundation of the business

Whoever want to view the new BayWa steel silos in Großmehring from the top has to make quite an effort. A ladder runs 28 meters straight up the wall - of course with a safety basket behind and an intermediate platform every 8 meters. But the climb is worth it: The best way to get an idea of the size of the plant is from the ceiling bridge with the railings next to the conveyor system. Commissioned in 20167, 60,000 tons of grain are turned over there annually. BayWa has 17 operation sites in Upper Bavaria, but Großmehring is now the largest. Not only the storage capacity was increased during the expansion of the site. The new conveyor system, the chain conveyors and the six elevators mean that grain can be handled much more efficiently. "Responsible handling of raw food sources is very important for us at BayWa", says Peter Joneck, Senior Project Manager Digital Farming.

Video about the efficient grain reception plant

Centrally collecting and drying maize

In this third construction phase, Bühler increased the total storage capacity of the plant to 41,000 tons. In addition to the large steel silos, another maize collection system was installed for 150 tons with air pre-cleaner and drum cleaner and an aspiration system. Josef Bittl is particularly proud of the new maize dryer: "We can kill several flies at once with the dryer. We have more than doubled our capacity and at the same time save energy. And, very important in terms of quality assurance: The connected cooler cools the maize down after drying to below 20 degrees thus making it completely ready for storage."

Since it was commissioned three years ago, business has been running smoothly. 150 tons of grain can be loaded onto trucks every hour and a further 150 tons into railway cars via the sidings.

Facts about the grain storage plant

60000 t/y
handling capacity
This makes the plant the largest BayWa agricultural site in Upper Bavaria.
28 meters
straight up the wall
Get an idea of plants size by climbing up the steel silo
20 degrees
Cooled down maize
Making maize storable with a connected cooler.

Using the possibilities of digitalization

Joneck is convinced that the topics of food safety and sustainability are inevitably linked to the new possibilities offered by digitization. Along the entire value chain, product data can now be recorded and checked using sensors. "We live digitally. Thefarmer lives digitally. He combines digital elements with classic elements when handling commodities. And that doesn’t stop with the grain storage", says Peter Joneck.

Why Bühler?

We were used to very good collaboration from the past. And the link between the old and the new plant was particularly important for us. It was appropriate that we contracted Bühler for the work because they had built the old plant. In addition, it’s a big advantage for us that the Bühler site in Beilngries is only a 25 minute drive from us. It goes very fast when we need a spare part.

Josef Bittl, Product Manager Grain

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