Concerns Surrounding Grain Drying and Storage Reach Beyond Areas Damaged by Derecho

Grain storage and handling equipment access are looming concerns for farmers in Wisconsin, following the vicious derecho storm that struck the Midwest on Aug. 10 while the supply chain has already been reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Brownfield report.

Casey Kelleher is on the Wisconsin Corn Growers board and farms outside of Whitewater, WI about 20 miles north of the Illinois state line. He says that unless the crop is not as big as predicted, it may mean piles outside or letting it remain in the field.

Many farmers were looking at additional grain storage because so many of them held onto their 2019 crop, he says. With factory production still limited by the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread damage to grain bins from the storms, Kelleher says it’s only going to get worse.

To read the full report, click here.

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