The Herald Bulletin

November 9, 2013

Piling up

County's grain storage facilities are brimming with crops

By Traci Moyer
The Herald Bulletin

---- — MARKLEVILLE — Golden pyramids are starting to appear across the county, and officials say that is a good indicator of this year's crop yields.

For the first time in years, farmers have so much grain they are actually piling it on the ground until they can get it to the markets or into storage.

"The corn trains and bean trains have arrived just in time so we are not at capacity, yet," said Ron Smith, grain division manager for Harvest Land Co-op.

Harvest Land operates a grain storage facility at 1838 U.S. 36 in Markleville. Smith, who works out of Richmond, oversees the Madison County location.

"It's a very, very good corn crop — it is probably the best crop we have ever seen," Smith said.

Jerome Hawkins, director of Indiana Grain Buyers, said when they start to see the farmers dumping their grain on the ground, it's a sign of a good year.

"We are starting to see grain piles start up, particularly in southern Indiana and in some of the northern counties," Hawkins said.

The state is well positioned for grain storage, Hawkins said, with facilities that can store the grain until the farmer is ready to sell their crops. He said the piles of grain are considered emergency storage and, as long as the grain is prepared properly and covered, are safe ways to store the yield until it is ready to be sold or stored.

Madison County has two commercial warehouse locations that are licensed with the state for grain storage, including Farmers Grain in Lapel and Harvest Land Co-op. The county also has two grain buyers with licenses to store grain, including Poet Biorefining in Alexandria and Rydman and Fox, Inc., in Anderson.

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