Friday, December 3, 2010

Iowa's Temporary Mountains of Corn

What happens to the corn harvest when it is too plentiful for local storage capacity? Grain goes old school - on the ground.

In 42N country there are a variety of open air, temporary storage areas for corn and soybeans used during the harvest season. In this case the temporary storage area is a concrete floor and wall structure located in Manchester, Iowa. Skid loaders or tractor powered augers later move the harvest to grain transportation semi-trucks for further distribution.

One important development lately is a expandable, tent-like structure used by grain elevators to cover large grain heaps during harvest. The cover keeps the grain dust down, the elements and critters out, thus preserving the product for later sale. Know that.

1 comment:

  1. I don't think I've ever seen the old school storage before. Cool!

    Kristin - The Goat