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Continuing A Family Legacy with the Power of Automation

Continuing A Family Legacy with the Power of Automation

“I spoke with a friend who is an agricultural nutritionist, and he convinced me that a restored Harvestore Silo was best for our needs. After much research, I knew I had to reach out to the Harvestore specialist, Marvin Reiff.” – Myron Yoder

Myron Yoder

Farm Owner

Planning Now for a Future Efficient Operation

It’s not often that you meet truly inspirational people, but on one scorching, 98-degree afternoon in June it happened to this writer. My assignment was to travel about 50 miles from my home to Gladys, Virginia to interview Myron Yoder, who had just purchased and was having a refurbished Harvestore silo from Greenwood Silo installed on his family’s dairy farm.

Myron had recently sold his two successful sawmill businesses to purchase the dairy farm, that he had grown up on. The most surprising aspect of this story is that Myron Yoder has been totally blind since birth due to a congenital condition.

“I spoke with a friend who is an agricultural nutritionist, and he convinced me that a restored Harvestore Silo was best for our needs. After much research, I knew I had to reach out to the Harvestore specialist, Marvin Reiff.” – Myron Yoder

Myron Yoder

Farm Owner

Planning Now for a Future Efficient Operation

It’s not often that you meet truly inspirational people, but on one scorching, 98-degree afternoon in June it happened to this writer. My assignment was to travel about 50 miles from my home to Gladys, Virginia to interview Myron Yoder, who had just purchased and was having a refurbished Harvestore silo from Greenwood Silo installed on his family’s dairy farm.

Myron had recently sold his two successful sawmill businesses to purchase the dairy farm, that he had grown up on. The most surprising aspect of this story is that Myron Yoder has been totally blind since birth due to a congenital condition.

Donning a cowboy hat and work clothes, Myron is a young man with a commanding physical presence. With three rambunctious boys, ranging in age from 8 to 11 years old, I was struck by how patient and gentle he was with them. I began the interview asking questions about what led him to choose Greenwood Silo.

During the course of our conversation, Myron reflected on his time growing up milking cows on his family’s farm and how he wanted that same lifestyle for his own family.

He also spoke about owning his sawmills and how he was ready for a change for his children. Two of Myron’s boys also suffer from limited sight issues.

Myron Yoder Family

After experiencing automation with his sawmill businesses Myron understood its value and priority. He acknowledged that he had neither the physical ability nor the inclination to use the outdated and inefficient bunker and plastic method of storing haylage, with it’s problems of spoilage, poor feed quality, and toxic runoff.

Myron, who has 60 Jersey dairy cows coming in the spring, knew he needed to modernize and automate his operation to meet his physical needs. The restored and refurbished Harvestore silo features a new, top loading, air-sealed silo that’s equipped with the technology he needs to feed his cows at a push of a button.

Refurbished Silo + Automated Unloader = Improved Accessibility

Not having a Harvestore on Myron Yoder’s farm was no issue for Greenwood Silo. After discussing Myron’s farming needs, Marvin and his team began preparing and refurbishing a 20’ x 80’ silo. This 60 to 80 hour meticulous refurbishing process included:

    • Acid washing to remove old sealer
    • Applying epoxy to the inside of the panels
    • Installing new hardware, trough and floorplates
    • Rebuilding hatches and doors
    • Adding custom epoxy to repair the bottom glass

“You get the best feed from an upright silo system. The plastic bag or bunker systems are just a mess, and I don’t want to deal with that. I wanted something that was neat and clean.”

Myron Yoder

Farm Owner

“You get the best feed from an upright silo system. The plastic bag or bunker systems are just a mess, and I don’t want to deal with that. I wanted something that was neat and clean.”

Myron Yoder

Farm Owner

The Next Generation of Silo – From Planning to Finish

Marvin and his Greenwood crew got to work refurbishing two reclaimed silos. They installed the better-than-new 20’ x 80’ silo in less than one week:

    • Monday: Marvin and Myron met to create a plan for silo placement. Footers were dug, and the first concrete pour was made.
    • Tuesday: Greenwood Silo’s four-man set-up crew did a second pour and assembled the top ring and roof.
    • Wednesday: The third and final pour was made, totaling 51 yards of concrete and 36 yards of washed 3/4” rock for the foundation. Later, they set up jacks and placed the fiberglass roof on the top ring. Breather bags and gooseneck were also installed.
    • Thursday: Greenwood Silo’s team of five experts erected 35 feet of silo.
    • Friday: Another 45 feet of silo was erected, and the team installed two tie-in sheets and added additional side braces to stabilize the silo.
    • Saturday: The crew finished the tie-ins and installed quick access door and door frame.
    • Monday: Pressure and vacuum checks were performed on the silo.
    • Tuesday: At the top of the silo, Marvin instructed Myron on installing the center-fill gooseneck, filling, and pulling the bags up. He also went through the process of taking the relief valve apart to inspect the gaskets.

“The installation went smoothly, and I have every confidence that Marvin will be there for me if there are any problems. The haylage-filled Harvestore will feed my herd of 60 for about six months.”

Myron Yoder

Farm Owner

Myron estimates that that the filled silo of haylage will support the feeding of his 60-cow herd for approximately six months.

60 Cows – Quality Feed – For 6 Months – At the Push of a Button

The project was much more than installing a refurbished silo. The silo systems installed by Greenwood are truly next generation. The quality of the feed is levels above other storage methods, and surprising to many, also the least expense per dry matter ton as delivered to the herd.

These silos are sealed, which keeps the air out of the feed, which can lead to spoilage. There is no runoff to deal with as with bunkers.

Best of all, Greenwood installed an automated unloader that efficiently loads feed onto a conveyer from the bottom of the silo. The silo is always loaded from the top, so the feed is always moving top to bottom and staying fresh. Greenwood also offers super efficient feed blowers to get the feed from the ground to and into the silo, with consistent spreading of the feed as it is filled. Each part of the process, from filling the silo to unloading to mizer to conveyor features field-proven Greenwood engineering and automation that makes everything faster, more efficient and more profitable.

“One of the reasons that I liked Marvin’s Harvestore system is that it keeps the air out. This prevents oxidation and spoilage to your dry matter”

Myron Yoder

Farm Owner

…the Results

“Myron will make his operation a success. He is one of the most inspiring customers I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I admire him for not being restricted by limitations, but instead using his God-given talents to provide a livelihood and farm lifestyle for his family.”

Marvin Reiff

Founder of Greenwood Silo