What is a Grain Cart?

Grain carts play an important role in modern farming operations, allowing for continuous harvesting without the need for frequent stops to unload grain. Keep reading to learn more about the uses and benefits of a grain cart and where to find one for your field.

What is a Grain Cart?

A grain cart is a specialized agricultural attachment used in the process of harvesting grain crops, such as corn, wheat, soybeans, and barley. Grain carts play an important part in farming operations due to their grain storage facility and their ability to efficiently transport harvested grain from the combine harvester to a waiting truck.

What is a Grain Cart Used For?

A grain cart is primarily used to move and transfer grain. It’s specifically designed to efficiently transfer harvested grain from the field to storage facilities or trucks for transport to grain elevators or processing facilities. Rather than a combine harvester stopping frequently to unload its grain to a storage bin, a grain cart allows for continuous harvesting with only periodic stops to empty the cart.

What Are the Benefits of Using a Grain Cart?

Using a grain cart offers a series of benefits for users, including:

Continued Operations

One large benefit of using a grain cart is the ability to offload a harvest from the combine hopper into the grain cart, all while the combine continues operations. This not only streamlines operations but saves time from continuously emptying the grains from the combine.

Assistance with Harvesting

Since grain carts move and operate with a combine, the need for frequent unloading of grains to storage bins or trucks is eliminated, which helps improve operational efficiency.

Grain Storage

Grain carts can be used to temporarily store harvested grain since they are equipped with large hoppers that can hold significant quantities of grain. This allows farmers to accumulate grain in the field before moving it to more permanent storage facilities or trucks for transport.

Easy Transportation

Once the grain cart has been filed, it can be easily towed by a tractor to transport the grain to its next destination, whether that be a grain elevator, grain bin, or waiting truck for further storage or processing.

What is the Difference Between a Grain Cart and a Grain Wagon?

While having very similar functions and operations, the biggest difference between a grain cart and a grain wagon is that a grain wagon is used primarily off-field, while a grain cart is used in the field.

What is Another Name for a Grain Cart?

Grain carts can often be called auger carts, grain wagons, auger wagons, grain buggies, grain wagons, or grain cart tracks.

Where to Find a Grain Cart

Ready to improve efficiency and streamline operations in your field? Search for grain carts using John Deere MachineFinder and get information regarding your local dealers and equipment specifications.

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Additional Resources

Grain Storage: Challenges, Best Practices, & More

Five Grain Handling Tips You Should Know This Harvest

How to Protect Stored Grain in the Summer