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James Valley Grain Co., Oakes, ND Managing 3.5 Million Bushel Pile of Soybeans

Date Posted: October 5, 2012

Increased acreage and good yields have resulted in record production of soybeans in the Dakotas and Minnesota.

The combination of high delivery volume to elevators and a slowdown in shipments to ports in the Pacific Northwest have caused many elevators to store soybeans in temporary storage piles and bunkers.

Pictures to the right were provided by Myron Jepson, general manager of James Valley Grain Co., in Oakes, ND.

He estimates the pile of soybeans — 300 feet in diameter — was 3.5 million bushels on Oct. 5 when the excavators were removed and the project completed. At that point the height of the pile was 85 feet.

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