Top Story: Low yields

Grain bins

Low yields mean more unused
grain storage space than usual

September 29, 2011
By Jennifer Stewart

With poor spring and summer weather drastically reducing Indiana's expected corn and soybean production, a Purdue Extension agricultural economist says more storage space in commercial grain elevators and on-farm grain bins will go unused than in nearly 10 years.

Couple the low 2011 yields with the very low amount of crop carryover from 2010 and Chris Hurt said nearly 175 million bushels of storage capacity will remain empty in the state. That's 14 percent of Indiana's 1.2 billion bushels of permanent grain storage capacity.

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