Good storage for farm crops is a sound investment, whether the material being stored is for use on the farm or for sale. Inadequate facilities and improper management can lead to substantial losses due to spoilage, insect and rodent damage, and fire from spontaneous combustion.
Before building new storage facilities, a complete storage and handling system should be designed to meet both present and future requirements and to maximize mechanization.
The number and size of storage buildings depend on the quantity and kinds of grain to be stored. In addition to single-purpose circular grain storage, consider the various rectangular multipurpose buildings; these often provide cheaper grain storage in the larger sizes, and can also be used for temporary storage of implements, fertilizer, bagged seed, etc. Concrete or steel silos are sometimes used for storing dry or high moisture grains.
Source: Canada Plan Service