Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Grain Gain in Jesup, Iowa

Along most of 42N latitude and just a quarter turn of the globe west from London, England lies the grain producing regions of the American Midwest. Within the harvest-to-market system there are thousands of grain bins like these along railroads and major river systems.

Here in
Jesup, Iowa (42.47N, 92.06W) these bins await the upcoming corn and soybean crop harvest in just a few months. Grain collected from Jesup area farms is transported to corporate customers for further processing via the Illinois Central Railroad which runs along the base of bins. Jesup's concrete multiple bins were built in the 1960s. More recently constructed bins are composed of stainless steel and strengthened by retention rings. These working bins are a sign of a healthy agricultural economy on the prairie. Know that.