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Hay storage at the Crill Farm

The Crill's second fabric building is 50' x 120' (15.2m x 36.5m) .


Location: Serene, IA
Building Size: 50' wide x 120' long (15.2m x 36.5m)
Application: Agricultural - Hay Storage - Fabric Buildings

John Crill runs a grain and cow-calf operation near Serene, IA and has had his farm there for over 30 years. John purchased his first 40' x 80' fabric building for hay storage in 2001, which held about three hundred bales. In September of 2003, John fell victim to an act of arson and lost his fabric covered hay building.

John liked his first fabric building so much that he chose to build another, bigger tension fabric building to replace the fabric building he lost. "This is our second fabric building," says John, "I went with it because I wanted something I could be proud of." The 50' x 120' tension fabric structure was mounted on 8" x 8"  columns in 24"  holes, with solid concrete from the bottom to the top of the ground. Both end walls of the fabric building have been left open for easy access from each end of the building.

The Crills have noticed less spoilage in their hay bales caused by weather conditions. Before he purchased a fabric covered building, John had tried other pole type buildings with trusses but did not achieve the results he was looking for. "There wasn't enough air movement in other types of buildings with only having one door." John found himself moving hay back outside in cases where it wasn't completely cured.

Fabric Building Highlights

  • The 50' x 120' fabric building can hold approximately 530 six-foot diameter bales.

  • The two open ends of the fabric covered building increased maneuverability and airflow.

  • John is convinced that the fabric covered building provides better airflow when compared to other building types.

John worked with his local tension fabric structure dealer to design the perfect fabric building for his hay operation. John wanted a fabric structure with two open ends to increase maneuverability and airflow, and to make feeding time easier. "The first hay that we put in we pull out and feed first. We work our way from the opposite direction that we put it in from." His current fabric hay building can hold approximately 530 six-foot diameter bales, stacked four high.

The natural light and air ventilation were two of the selling features for the Crill family. John was impressed by the quality of the fabric structure and his local dealer. "I could tell that this would be a quality fabric building and the local dealership was very easy to do business with." The building crew installed the posts on the first day, and had the main building erected and covered by the end of the second day.


Crill Farms Hay Structure

"We have plenty of light, plenty of good air movement and it's easy to stack in," says John.


The Crill's at their Hay Structure

John Crill and sons with their fabric

covered building.


Hay storage within the hay structure

"I like my fabric building well enough that I would add another 40 feet to it,' says Crill.



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