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USDA Reports 2012 Off-Farm Commercial Grain Storage Up 1%

Date Posted: January 16, 2013

Capacity of off-farm commercial grain storage in the United States totaled 10.2 billion bushels on December 1, 2012, up 1 percent from December 1, 2011.

Off-Farm Grain Storage Facilities by State Table

The largest increase occurred in Minnesota where an additional 30.0 million bushels of capacity was added since December 1, 2011.

Other notable increases were shown in North Dakota, where capacity increased 14.0 million bushels, and South Dakota, where capacity increased 12.0 million bushels from a year ago.

Illinois and Iowa remained the two largest off-farm storage capacity States during 2012 with 1.45 billion and 1.38 billion bushels respectively.

Kansas was the third largest followed by Nebraska and Minnesota.

These five States accounted for 52 percent of the Nation’s off-farm storage capacity on December 1, 2012.

Off-farm grain storage capacity includes all elevators, warehouses, terminals, merchant mills, other storage, and oilseed crushers which store whole grains, soybeans, canola, flaxseed, mustard seed, safflower, sunflower, rapeseed, Austrian winter peas, dry edible peas, lentils, and chickpeas/garbanzo beans.

Capacity data exclude facilities used to store only rice or peanuts, oilseed crushers processing only cottonseed or peanuts, tobacco warehouses, seed warehouses, and storage facilities that handle only dry edible beans, other than chickpeas/garbanzo beans.

Off-farm storage facilities totaled 8,801 on December 1, 2012, down 1 percent from December 1, 2011.

States with the largest number of facilities include Iowa with 880, Illinois with 850, Kansas with 725, Minnesota with 585, and Nebraska with 484.

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