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Published November 02, 2012, 10:11 PM

A mountain of corn worth millions is sitting out in Wheaton, MN

Wheaton, MN (WDAY TV) -- There's an incredible sight in Traverse County. An early harvest, great corn prices and just the right weather, caused the elevator to run out of space.

Wheaton, MN (WDAY TV) -- There's an incredible sight in Traverse County. An early harvest, great corn prices and just the right weather, caused the elevator to run out of space.

Managers at the Wheaton-Dumont Coop Elevator are now using the fairground to hold the overflow, and it's a lot.

How many people in their lives can step into a rural fairground, lookout from the grandstand and see 17-million dollars! That's what the monster pile of corn is worth, quite the show stopper this year.

People in Wheaton, Minnesota are talking corn these days, full trucks weaving in and out of town, and on the outskirts of town you've got this, the new golden mountains of Wheaton.

That's 2 and a half million bushels of corn sitting on the fairground. It's enough to fill 158,757,329 cans of corn.

Phillip Deal: "I think here a lot of farm bins are full but at 7 dollars whatever they could get to town they got to town "

General Manager of the Wheaton-Dumont Coop Elevator Philip Deal says in this location its about a third of the corn the company has on the ground, waiting for a train to be able to haul it away.

Apparently It's what happens with an early harvest, cooperating weather, and great corn prices, the only thing is it's never happened here, that is until now.

Deal: "I hope its a trend not anomaly it's been a long time coming around here we haven't had real good yields for several years maybe 3-4 seasons so maybe we deserved it it was our time."

Deal's a pretty cool customer for having 17 million dollars just sitting in the open, he says so far the corn is holding well, despite a few small deer walking into what must seem like heaven, and apparently the golden mountains caught local youngsters eyes as a perfect spot for king of the mountain.

Deal is hoping the corn is all hauled away by Christmas time. The company is dealing with around 50 percent higher yields than its previous record.

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