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Published September 26, 2012, 06:09 PM

Railroad cars can't keep up with corn and soybean production

Barnesville, MN(WDAY TV) - With the harvest "on" in the Red River Valley, corn and soybeans are piling up at local grain elevators, and there aren't enough railroad cars coming in to keep up.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Barnesville, MN(WDAY TV) - With the harvest "on" in the Red River Valley, corn and soybeans are piling up at local grain elevators, and there aren't enough railroad cars coming in to keep up.

Agassiz Valley Grain in Barnesville is one stop for farmers unloading their harvests.

Employees say about 300 trucks roll in daily, bringing in more corn and soybeans than years past.

The increase is because of good growing conditions, ideal temperatures, and spring planting schedules.

Dan Noreen, Agassiz Valley General Manager: β€œThe yields this year are probably 30 to 40 percent higher than they have been on. Corn and soybean yields were also probably 25 to 30 percent more per acre. So there's more bushels to combine, more to haul, more to pile, more to handle.”

Workers say they're thankful the drought slowed harvests down somewhat, or they may have been more overloaded.

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