Grain bags vs. forage bags

It is not just a plastic bag…it’s a grain bag! Grain bags are designed and developed to store dry grain. Forage bags are designed to store forages.

Grain bags have an 18 month warranty against ultra-violet degradation, defective material and workmanship. Forage bags are not recommended for long term storage of dry grain.

Grain bags are 9.3 mil thick. This is 4% more than a 9 mil bag, 9% more than an 8.5 mil bag and 14% more than an 8 mil bag. The thicker mil adds more strength and increases durability. The durability is necessary as the bags experience a huge amount of pull when being unloaded by a roll-up style unloader. When using large horsepower tractors this pulling strength requirement is increased.

Grain bags have more ultra-violet inhibitor (UVI) than the forage bags. More UVI offers longer protection in the sun.

Most people think that the value of a grain bag is all about the thickness. That is only one factor. The chemistry, the physical composition, is far more important in manufacturing a premium bag!

Grain bags have a unique formula that includes a proprietary resin (plastic) that:

  1. Keeps better shape! When using a roll-up style unloader this feature is extremely important. Since dry grain is heavier than forage, its weight and the tendency to flow makes the bags try to “pillow out”. On bags that end up too wide, the roll-up style unloader has a real problem on the sides.
  2. Increased side wall strength provides better protection due to possible erroneous over-stretching.
  3. The higher temperature tolerance of this unique additive allows dry grain to be bagged at a higher ambient air temperature. This can be even more valuable if the customer is bagging hot grain coming from a grain dryer.

Grain bags are a premium bag with unique properties that makes it a valuable piece of the technology to complete the grain bag storage system.

Is it wise to gamble your valuable commodity with what appears to be a savings of only pennies per bushel?