These rows of huge, hopper bottom bins used for grain storage on the farm, are becoming a common sight on the prairies as the farm size gets bigger and bigger. The bins are used to keep the grain during the time between harvesting and marketing which of course means handling it at least twice - filling the bins at harvest time and emptying them to send the grain to market.
The past practice of going into a bin and shovelling grain inorder to "clean out" the bin is no longer physically practical, given the volume of grain produced on even a "small" farm - and so the hopper bottom. Bins with flat bottomed floors are headed in the same direction as the "do-do bird."
This painting shows the bins at one farm near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
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