What Happens With Your CropsFriday, May 11, 2012 By Jacob Hoff
When your fields are done growing for the year and ready to be harvested, you put all of the grain on either a tandem or a semi. Where does this grain go? Once on the truck, you grain goes to a grain elevator. Elevators, such as New Horizons West of Fergus Falls, takes in corn, beans, and wheat. In the elevator, the trucks come with full beds of grain and get a full weight, then dump. the grain is then tested for moisture, protein, and damage. once all of this is completed, the truck is weighed empty and then is sent on its way. the grain then goes into the pit and it is sent on a big conveyer belt to the bins, either the dry or the wet bin. If the grain is to wet to dry with the fans, it is sent to the dryer, which drys grain very slowly at very high temps. After the grain is dry it is sent to the dry bins. when a multiple of bins go full a train is called in to make room for more grain. the train is loaded with hundreds of bushels of corn, beans, or wheat depending on what they are full on, and then is sent on its way to a specific destination.