GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) - A rapid fall harvest and large amount
of grain still in the bins from last year are causing Kansas
elevators to store millions of bushels of grain on the ground.
Farmers planted 700,000 more acres to corn this year than in
2009, the highest amount since 1936. It's the second-largest Kansas
corn crop on record and the highest in the state since 1933.
That crop plus a sizeable wheat crop has the state's elevators
re-evaluating their storage capacities. Ken Jameson of Garden City
Co-op says his cooperative plans to add about 2.4 million million
more bushels of space this year.
But with space still short, state-licensed elevators have been
authorized to store as much as 26 million bushels on the ground.