CASTLEFORD, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Small local farms may have an easier time harvesting their grain with a mobile grain drying system. Rich Bupp, a systems professional is making his way through Idaho and Oregon in hopes to help family sized farms.
"Most systems are stationary. They’re either in bin drying systems or they have a system like this set up in a stationary location," Bupp explained. "This is very, very unique and it does allow the opportunity to go out into smaller farms and provide that service to them where they may not have the ability to set their own system up."
He said the system allows farmers to do their harvest all at once.
"We can actually bring our crop down to a marketable moisture, so it can be stored or marketed dependent of what is coming out of the field," he said.
Bupp said he's originally from Pennsylvania, He grew wheat, corn and soybeans and had weather that forced him to dry most of his crop.
"When I got here, I realized that drying, grain drying was not a normal culture, a cultural practice," he said. "I assembled this system to try and offer that service to farmers without them having to lay out a lot of capital expenses for the equipment and the systems that they aren’t familiar with."
Bupp's been to Oregon and a few farms in the Gem State, including Mark Frey's farm located in Castleford.
"It helped us get our crop off in a timely fashion and we can do our fall work and be ready for next year," Frey told KMVT.
He said he had a difficult time with his crops last year.
"We were out in the combine and throwing corn in because it wouldn’t feed into the combine right because it was down. We lost yield," Frey said.
So this year, he decided to use Bupp's system.
"A lot of times we never finish harvest until December and January. Our winters aren’t too bad usually," he said. "This way we’re off by the middle of November and we can do a lot of fall work."
Depending on the moisture of the grain, Bupp said that the system can process up to one tractor trailer load of grain in one to two hours.
"What we've noticed with the harvesting a little bit wetter, we have less loss and so we gained some bushels there. So, that helps offset the cost, plus we're done, its out and we can move onto other things," Frey said.
Bupp said farmers who use the system get a 110 percent to 130 percent return on investment.
He said he currently has one mobile system. He's been to Oregon and Idaho and is looking at possibly getting a second system and going to two other states.
For more information, contact Rich Bupp at 208-280-0602 or email firstname.lastname@example.org