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Published December 02, 2010, 06:28 PM

Elevators Dealing with a Grain Overload

Some of this fall's harvest is being stored on the ground, outside local elevators. Most farmers were able to get their crops harvested before the first snowfall, and were able to sell it to elevators at a fair market price.

Some of this fall's harvest is being stored on the ground, outside local elevators.

Most farmers were able to get their crops harvested before the first snowfall, and were able to sell it to elevators at a fair market price.

But that left some elevators scrambling to deal with a lot of grain.

Lake Region Grain Cooperative is on their last pile of corn that's been on the ground for a little over a month.

Kevin Stein, a grain merchandiser for Lake Region, says harvest went so well for farmers that the product came in quickly and farmers got a good price for it.

He says taking in grain when you're short on storage isn't ideal, but it's something many elevators across the state have been doing.

The unpredictable weather can play a role in the price the elevator will get.

"Once we dump the grain, it becomes ours. So if we buy it in good condition, we sell it after it's gotten damaged from being outside," explained Stein.

He says the crop can only stay outside for so long before it's damaged.

Lake Region Grain Cooperative tries to have their ground piles picked up within 30 to 50 days.

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