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Hay Storage: 3 Reasons to Choose a Temporary Storage Building

The arrival of spring has farmers who grow hay already starting to think about the first cutting of the season. They are also thinking about hay storage at the end of the year, especially if what was left over from last season went bad. It turns out that a farmer’s choice of storage partially determines whether he/she will get full value for the crop throughout the late autumn and winter.

 

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Some growers choose to leave their hay completely unprotected. This is an option if you sell quickly enough not to have bales lying around for too long. However, when storage is needed, growers have several options:

•Permanent structures like barns and garages
•Temporary storage buildings
•Covering bales in large tarps.

Mytee Products sells a number of different models of temporary, freestanding buildings. We believe this is the best option unless you have a permanent structure like a barn or garage. Temporary buildings made of PE fabric and galvanized steel framing offer many advantages over storing hay under tarps.

Here are three reasons for choosing a temporary storage building:

Temporary Buildings are Flexible

You may purchase a temporary storage building with the intent of using it to store hay. That’s great. But you will likely not have a full crop stored throughout the year. Storage will be at a maximum just after cutting, but what you have in store will gradually diminish as hay is sold or used on your farm. The good news is that you can use the empty space for other things.

Temporary buildings are incredibly flexible. They can be used for storing a variety of things from hay to farming equipment. What’s more, they can be moved around your property as you see fit. You can erect your building where ever it makes the most sense for whatever purpose you need it.

Temporary Buildings Are Better for Airflow

It is important that stored hay is allowed to breathe. If a stack of hay is not exposed to good airflow, moisture can build up very quickly, leading to combustion or mold growth. Both can easily devastate a crop with little effort.

When you use tarps to cover your hay, airflow is always a concern. It is not a concern with a temporary storage building. You can stack your hay in such a way as to leave plenty of room on the sides and top to allow for the free movement of air.

Temporary Buildings Are Inexpensive

Let us say you have stored your hay under tarps in the past with unfavorable results. Now you are trying to decide whether to purchase a temporary storage building or erect a pole barn. Guess which option will cost the least?

One of the primary advantages of temporary storage buildings is their cost. They are relatively inexpensive when compared to permanent structures. Unless you absolutely know for sure that a barn or garage will pay for itself in the years after construction, it might be better to invest in a temporary storage building instead.

Another thing to consider is the cost of insurance. Constructing a new barn or garage is going to add to your property insurance – perhaps significantly depending on the size of the structure. There are no such insurance increases with temporary storage buildings. A temporary storage building would be covered under your current homeowner’s insurance.

Another haying season is now upon us. If you are looking for a new way to store your hay this season, we recommend a new temporary storage building from MyTee Products.


Tips for Using Portable Carport and Storage Buildings

Mytee Products is proud to have added portable carport and storage buildings to our inventory of valuable products. We believe these structures are perfect for a variety of needs ranging from hay storage to protecting your car or truck. At the same time, they are affordable and easy to setup and cuse. We currently have four different models in our inventory.

As with anything else, there are right and wrong ways to use a portable carport or storage building. Below is a selection of tips designed to help you, make the best use of your structure, for as long as you own it.

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Quality Materials and Craftsmanship

The first and most important tip is to make sure you invest in a product made of quality materials and craftsmanship. Remember, your carport or storage building will have to withstand all that Mother Nature throws at it. This is not something to take lightly as every season has extremer conditions. Mytee Products has chosen an inventory line made with durable components such as galvanized steel and heavy duty, UV resistant fabrics. Aluminum is another option, but we believe steel makes the best material for a rugged and sturdy frame that will not rust.

Consider Positioning Carefully

Avoid the temptation of positioning your carport or storage structure based solely on convenience. Convenience is a factor, but there are other things to consider as well. For example, consider a property in a lightning prone state such as Florida. Any location visited by frequent lightning is a location in which you should avoid placing your structure near a tree. The last thing you need is for lightning to strike your favorite oak tree and crush your carport at the same time. Be sure to account for wind as well.

Anchor Your Structure Firmly

A heavy-duty hay storage structure may seem weighty enough at more than 700 pounds. However, you would be surprised at how easily such a structure can be picked up by a stiff wind. Every portable carport and storage building needs to be firmly anchored according to manufacturer’s instructions. The structure you choose may only need anchors at the four corners, or it may need to be anchored around the entire perimeter. Be sure to follow all the recommendations found in the owner’s manual that comes with your structure.

Be Aware of Roof Concerns

A high-quality carport or storage structure should be able to withstand the elements under normal conditions. Nevertheless, there are times when owners need to do a little extra to protect their units. For example, an unusually heavy snowstorm consisting of wet, heavy spring snow could be enough to collapse your structure if you don’t make an effort to remove any accumulated snow. Fortunately, carports and storage structures tend to have slanted or rounded roofs that make snow accumulation difficult. You should not have a problem most of the time. Nonetheless, if snow does accumulate, clean it off quickly.

Local Planning Approval

Depending on where you reside & where your structure will be located,you may or may not require local planning approval for a carport or storage structure. Before you make any kind of investment, check with your local planning board or zoning office. If approval is needed, it is usually a relatively simple matter involving submitting a simple diagram and paying a planning fee. If planning approval is not required in your area, you have lost nothing by asking.

Portable carport and storage structures are an excellent way to make use of outdoor space without investing in permanent structures. We invite you to look at our entire inventory of high quality, portable structures.