Grain storage capacity is on the uptick this year in anticipation of record plantings and increasing crop yields. A handful of new elevators are under construction across the Midwest and Plains area and large commercials are reopening of several shuttered grain storage facilities.
From February 2008 to the same month in 2011, U.S. commercial grain capacity volume increased 15.6%, with nearly half of the increase in volume taking place from 2010 to 2011 alone. Over the past year, volume grew by 7.3%, according to data from USDA’s Farm Service Agency.
The grain industry is seeing more new construction as well. ADM-Benson Quinn, for example, announced last week that it will construct a shuttle loader grain elevator and 120-railcar loop track in Hebron, N.D. The elevator will have a storage capacity of more than 2.6 million bushels and will be used to load wheat, canola and other grains from local growers into 110-car grain shuttle trains. Construction is scheduled to begin by April 15, 2011, and is expected to be complete in June 2012.
“Farming practices, crop rotations and seed varieties have increased crop yields in recent years,” says Scott Nagel, president, ADM-Benson Quinn. “ADM-Benson Quinn is expanding its grain storage and transportation capabilities to accommodate larger yields and to provide growers in the Hebron area with additional marketing opportunities for their crops.”
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