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Billy Joe Fudge: Silo 'windows' were actually doors
About: - Photo 78201 - A sight to see Plow Day at Homeplace on Green River 21 Apr 2018 It's just 5 days until Plow Day/Spring Festival at the Homeplace on Green River, 5807 New Columbia Road, Campellsville, KY, 8am-4pmCT/9am-5pmET, Saturday, April 21, 2018.
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By Billy Joe Fudge, President, Homeplace on Green River
Silos, for the most part are filled with chopped corn and small grain. The stem, leaves and grain are chopped and loaded into the silo at the top. The openings you see in the linked would have doors installed to keep the silage from spilling out.
In most cases the doors would have also doubled as a ladder to climb to the top where the top door would be removed. The silage would then have been forked through the top opening where it would fall to the ground and be fed to livestock. As soon as the level of silage was removed below the second door, that door would be removed and the process would have been repeated to eventually reach the bottom.
This is one of the earliest poured concrete structures in South Central Kentucky of which I'm aware. To the best of my memory, according to Board Member, Terry Hayes' Father Mr. Garland Hayes, Terry's Great Grandfather built the silo sometime between 1900 and 1910. 1906 sticks in my mind.
There are three upright, concrete silos at Homeplace and reflect a clear, observable progression of upright concrete silo construction. The second and third silos were constructed from what is called concrete staves. The staves or concrete slabs were stacked on top of each other forming the upright cylinder and then were encompassed with steel banding to keep the silo from rupturing outward from the weight of hundreds of tons of silage contained within.
The staves for the first concrete stave silo were formed and poured on site prior to construction. The staves for the last and largest silo were poured at a factory and transported to Homeplace by truck prior to construction.
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