Everything is getting big on Dakota grain farms, even the buildings.
Vaughn and Vance Zacharias, Kathryn, N.D., put up one of the new hybrid Morton Buildings. The building is called a “hybrid” because it combines steel trusses with wood post frame construction. With the pre-engineered steel trusses it’s possible to create a clear span of 150 feet and a vaulted ceiling, which allows for taller doors. But the superior insulating, strength and esthetics of the post frame construction is maintained.
The Vaugh’s building is 125-foot wide by 300-foot long with 21-foot tall sidewalls.
Inside, the space is divided into maintenance, truck parking, wash and parts/ tool storage bays.
Vance, a senior at North Dakota State University, says he and his dad were looking to the future.
“We expect farms and farm equipment will continue to get bigger,” Vance says. “This building should be a good fit for us for a long time, and we put it on a site where we can add on to it in the future.”
See more photo in the Feb. issue of Dakota Farmer magazine -- www.dakotafarmer.com, -- Magazine Online, Feb. 2013, page 32.