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November 8, 2013

Big harvest raises issues with storage

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In Daviess County the pressure on grain storage is not as bad as it may be in some other parts of the state. “I’ve noticed as you go further north there is a lot more corn still standing in the fields than you see around here,” said Boyd. “The good thing here is we have end users that can take on a large amount of corn. GPC and Perdue have both increased their corn buying. GPC alone uses 100,000 bushels a day. You can get a lot of corn used up at that rate.”

“Some farmers went ahead and sold at the elevators,” added Norris. “If you look around you notice that the fields are looking pretty bare, but that also means the on-farm storage is pretty full.”

With November here, most farmers are looking to wrap up the harvest, but the lack of storage is not the only issue they are facing. “We are hearing that the rain and cool weather has left a lot of what is left in the fields really too wet to bring in,” said Norris.

“That’s why I like to have my corn in the bin,” said Boyd. “When you store it in the big shed (the field) too many bad things can happen to it and you start to lose it.”

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