G’day and welcome to our new blog.

First of all, I thought I better introduce myself. I’m Steve the Silologist and I am part of the crew at HE Silos in Forbes. It’s my job to bring you fortnightly updates on grain production, efficiency, storage and monitoring…basically anything surrounding the industry. Although you may have seen a few blog posts previously, things are different now, because I’m running the show.

I thought we’d kick things off this week by chatting about a few local expos that HE silos have made happen over the past few weeks. The idea of the expo series was too talk to those in the grain industry, let them know what we have to offer as a company, but to also celebrate turning 50…scary I know!
The Forbes Local Grain Expo was held towards the end of July. The team and I actually hosted the event at our workshop here in town to kick things off, and we were lucky enough to rope in four guest speakers. Our very own sales manager Karen spoke about our range of products on the market, the national coordinator for Grains Research and Development Corporation Chris Warrick shared his knowledge on successful grain management and storage. Guy Webb who is the managing director of Soil C Quest spoke to producers about the research going into the development of Social Carbon Sequestration Biotechnology. Lastly we had the ever so talented Steven Morrison (he’s the boss man out here at HE) speak about upcoming innovations, and our affiliation with a company in Denmark called iGrain which specialises in monitoring and conditioning grain.
“Hearing Steven speak about the importance of TICS and aeration has made me start thinking about my own farm and how I can improve.”
Once Forbes wrapped up it was time to head out to the Ag N Vet Local Grain expo in West Wyalong. This one was a cracker of a day. We had Karen, Chris and Guy make an appearance again. We had a lot of questions surrounding drought proofing and techniques on how to get through the drought were asked. Although rain is the obvious answer that we can’t seem to deliver with, it was a great opportunity to talk to audiences about what products are on the market that can assist with increasing profitability during the dry times.
“It was a very informative day.  A big thanks to HE Silos for coming out to West Wyalong to celebrate turning 50 with us.”

 A few weeks later we then trekked all the way to Goulburn to host our third event for the series, which took place on the 22nd of August. David Noble from Landmark was a new addition to the bunch, bringing with him a B double truck to visually demonstrate what is stored in a 55 tonne silo. Our very own Karen shared her knowledge again, and local legend Matthew Hallam, a livestock production expert and agronomist, got up to share the importance of nutrition in livestock.

 
“We cannot thank HE Silos enough for coming and putting this afternoon on for us all. Golburn never has opportunities like this and it was well worth attending.”

Last but not least the Landmark Local Grain expo took place in Hillston on the 29th, bringing the whole show to a close. Landmark representative Peter Hogno spoke to attendees, and so too did David Kojac, mentioning how diseases linked to feral and invasive pest species can be tackled or prevented.
“There were a lot of laughs between farmers, catching up and enjoying a BBQ and a day off the land.”

So that’s four of our local expos, but what’s coming up? Well there is no rest for the wicked I tell you, with the Henty Field Days kicking off tomorrow. Given that it’s one of the biggest events of the year for the industry, and the fact that it is our birthday, we plan to head on out and give back to those that support us. We have a few top notch prizes up for grabs;

          1stprize – Honda XR 190 Motorbike
          2ndprize – $3000 Luxury Escape Voucher
          3rdprize – Aeration Controller
These prizes will go quickly, so we’ve made it simple to enter. Simply purchase a product from HE Silos and pay in full to go into the draw. The winner will be announced on the last day on the Henty Machinery Field Days on the 19th of September. You could be riding your motorbike while sipping a cocktail before you know it.
Anyway I think that will do us for today. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for rain and stay optimistic (it’s every farmer’s motto right?)
Hope to see you all out and about at the Henty Machinery Field Days, and don’t forget to throw your hat in the ring for a few of the prizes in our major giveaway.
I’ll catch up with you in a couple of weeks. 
Have a good one – Steve, The Silologist.

To see more happy snaps of the days – click over to HE Silos Facebook page