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Published October 02, 2012, 10:02 PM

Corn crop is surpassing all expectations

Dilworth, MN (WDAY TV) -- The days of wooden corn cribs on grandpa's farm have long passed us by. And tonight proof of progress and a corn crop that is surpassing all expectations.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Dilworth, MN (WDAY TV) -- The days of wooden corn cribs on grandpa's farm have long passed us by. And tonight proof of progress and a corn crop that is surpassing all expectations.

Between Glyndon and Dilworth, the Kragnes Farmers Elevator just opened a new automated storage facility just for corn. The trucks are lining up with better quality, and more bushels of corn with value. And it will be months before that corn is shipped out of the storage facility.

Dozens of trucks lining up to dump a crop that is turning out to be more impressive than predicted. And between Glyndon and Dilworth today, the Kragnes Farmers Elevator just opened its 4-million dollar corn crib.

It is amazing. 1.3 million bushels can be stored in this storage unit. And even though the roof is still not on, construction crews finished it in time to open it 24-hours ago, for the corn harvest, now in full swing.

Todd Dravland/Kragnes Farmers Elevator: "Normally we don't start until the middle of October Beets have got a godd strart before we start corn harvest and this year corn and beets both come at the exact same time."

146 trucks rolled into the new facility Monday, 200 lining up today.

And those truck Monday hauled 120-thousand bushels of corn and the number could double today.

Todd Dravland: "A lot of the facilities are full around us and it gives the producers the last acres of corn they have and a place to go with it without having to dump it on the ground."

The building went up in just three months, completion moved up and in just in time.

Todd Dravland: "The benefit of this is its under roof and cover for weather and obviously it's a high speed unloading facility so we can unload in a hurry."

Imagine the farmers who sat on elevator boards 50-years ago, picturing a corn crib this big and a crop and demand like this.

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