Grain expected to be picked up by week's end

Grain expected to be picked up by week's end

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GIBSON CITY - Cleanup should be completed by the end of the week at the Cargill AgHorizons grain elevator where 1 million bushels of corn spilled Saturday from a collapsed, steel grain bin.

Doug Childers, Cargill AgHorizons farm service group leader, said Tuesday that about 150,000 bushels have been picked up and moved to a temporary outdoor storage location. Eventually, the corn will be moved inside other bins at the site for cleaning. All the corn is salvageable.

The site contains enough storage for 8.5 million bushels of grain. Grain bins can hold 4.5 million bushels, with the remaining capacity existing as outdoor ground storage.

"We're still investigating the cause. The speculation is that the drop in temperature from 60 degrees to 2 degrees over two days may have contributed to the collapse," said Childers.

It's uncertain whether the collapsed grain bin will be replaced, Childers added. No damage or cleanup cost estimates have been determined, he added.

The grain storage facility was built in 1968. Ten full-time employees work there, but no one was working at the time of the collapse.

The last grain bin collapse in The Pantagraph area occurred in 2002 at Evergreen FS' Yuton grain elevator. A 185-foot section of a 20-year-old, concrete grain storage facility collapsed, releasing 80,000 bushels of corn.

Design flaws were cited in the collapse. The incident caused $3.5 million in damages. No one was injured.


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