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Grain Storage Space Feeling the Squeeze

Some elevators have up to 25% of capacity taken in grain leftover from last year

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Anticipating higher-than-average grain yields this fall, Indiana officials are predicting storage problems partly due to international tariffs, reports the Journal Gazette.

Because of low prices and the trade war with China and other countries, some grain from last year remains unsold and is taking up storage space, said Jordan Seger, Indiana State Department of Agriculture deputy director.

Because of the possible storage crunch as the fall crop is harvested, the state announced last week that licensed facilities – farmers, grain elevators and others – can apply to store grain outside on asphalt or concrete slabs in covered piles if grain bins fill up.

Some grain elevators didn't get rid of grain last year because they didn't have markets or had no way to move it in July or August because of the tariffs, said Roger Hadley, Allen County president of the Indiana Farm Bureau. Hadley said he's heard some elevators have 20% to 25% of their capacity in leftover grain.

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