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In From the Cold: A Storage Building for Farm Equipment

Post-frame barn with open door and vehicles
Alberta’s weather is unpredictable. It can rain overnight, be sunny in the morning, and snow in the afternoon. It can hail when you least expect it. And tornadoes? They happen.

On any given farm in the foothills or prairies, there’s a lot of work to be done, and a lot of very equipment being used to do that work. When a long day ends, it’s not uncommon for that equipment to be left outside — overnight, overwinter, or all year long. 

Left exposed, the elements can take a toll on equipment. Plastic and paint fade in the sun. Metal can rust from rain and moisture, with well-intentioned tarps trapping condensation and making the problem worse.

When it comes time to resell your equipment, you can expect more money for a machine that has been stored indoors. 

On Ryan’s farm, equipment was being left scattered around the property. The available sheds already housed two of his combines, and it was a challenge to make those fit inside. 

Ryan made a trip to the annual Agri-Trade Equipment Expo show in Red Deer looking for solutions — and that’s when he discovered Remuda. 

Every year, the  expo attracts over 30,000 agriculture buyers like Ryan, and over 475 exhibitors like Remuda. They were the perfect match and itt was a productive encounter. Ryan left, inspired by Remuda’s past work to start planning his own building.  

For his needs and his budget, Ryan decided on a dedicated storage building with an 80 ft. x 200 ft. floor plan. There would be a 20 ft. bifold door on one side of the building and sliding doors on the opposite wall. 

That would be big enough to store all three combines, a grain cart, two tractors, two grain trucks, and a miscellany of other equipment. 

A deadline was set and Remuda went to work, eager to give their newest customer exactly what he’d asked for.

Exterior of Ryan Landen's barn in Alberta
Interior of Ryan Landen's barn in Alberta

A post frame building offers all of the benefits of a regular building — shelter, security, and warmth — with the added benefits of a more solid construction, lower construction and energy costs, and a more flexible floor plan. 

Plus, while the weather and change of seasons can wreak havoc on farm equipment, it doesn’t stop Remuda from starting construction of a post frame building during any calendar month. With no concrete foundation to pour, they could begin anytime. 

Not long after starting, Remuda was done.  Ryan was handed the keys to his new storage building and had only good things to say. 

“They were very easy to deal with,” he said. “The speed from the planning stage was very quick. Once we had our plan in place they were very quick to organize when they were going to do it.”

Now that his equipment is stored inside, Ryan can rest easy knowing that it’s safe, sound, and retaining more of its value over time. And, when he needs to do maintenance during the off-seasons, he can do it inside and keep himself warm and dry too.