When deciding how to store materials or packaging products for shipment, there’s a wide variety of options. One of the most popular choices for businesses is the IBC Tote, or intermediate bulk container. The biggest advantage of an IBC is its versatility. IBC totes and accessories have plenty of uses, so being aware of their agricultural benefits and functions can be valuable to you.
What are IBC Totes?
Intermediate bulk containers, or IBCs, are industrial grade containers that are mounted on pallets and used for storing or moving large amounts (bulk) of liquids and solids. IBCs are available in rigid, folding and flexible forms. We also offer hazmat certified intermediate bulk containers for use, storage, and transport of hazardous waste. Don’t forget, these containers are completely reusable and can last years on end.
Saving money and maximizing your space is just the beginning of what IBCs can do. Our IBCs are weather resistant, standing up to high temperatures, UV rays, and even age. They’re easy to fill, and with to the combined attached palette, IBCs are stackable and easy to load. IBCs are also UN rated and FDA compliant, allowing for a wide range of chemicals and food grade products.
Agricultural Ways to Use IBC Totes and Accessories
Typically, IBC Containers are used to store and transport industrial materials such as solvents and lubricants. However, these containers can also be used to for agricultural materials including fertilizer, pesticides, or topsoil. On top of storing farming resources, these IBC totes can be repurposed and used in other unique ways.
- Rainwater Collection – Reduce your waste and consumption by harvesting rainwater in IBC Totes. With a built-in spout, you can quickly dispense stored water.
- Aquaponics – Create a self-sustaining environment that allows you to supply nutrients to plants hydroponically from farmed fish. With their stackability feature, IBCs can be placed on top of each other that builds an all-in-one system.
- Composting – Produce your own rich, fertile soil. If you’re looking to compost, especially on a larger scale, IBC totes are the right choice. Create small holes for airflow and a large hole to add your materials while having enough room to stir consistently.
- Hutches – Build a home for your pets or livestock. Repurpose an IBC tote by cutting some holes for your pets to enter/exit. Plus, if your IBC tote has a cage, you can use the cage as a built-in pen!
Other Products used in Agriculture
Drums – Store and transport pesticides, fertilizers, and other hazardous chemical materials. Drums can also be used as rain barrels, compost bins, and even livestock feeders! Be sure to look for UN Rated and FDA Approved Drums for if you’re planning on using them for agricultural applications.
Pails and Buckets – Store grains, fertilizers, seeds and more! Pails and buckets are great for storing and transporting your materials and can also be used as a livestock feeding and moving supplies. Lids and caps are available to prevent splashing, provide tamper evidence, and keep your contents secure. Be sure to look for FDA Approved Pails and Buckets for your farming goods.
IBC Mixers – Provide consistent and even distribution of materials throughout your IBC tote with a mixer. Mixers can blend a wide variety of agricultural chemicals and ingredients including fertilizers, seed treatments, crop protection, and more.
IBC Heaters – Turn up the heat for easy pouring of your product. IBC heaters increase the temperature of the contents so they can be dispensed easily without freezing. These are extremely versatile and can be used with a variety of products for a safe and effective heating process.
If you’re still unsure about which products to purchase or if they’re compatible with your agricultural materials, give our customer service experts a call! We’re always happy to help you find the right products.