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Record corn yields strain storage


By Bonnie Shelton

EDGAR (WAOW)--Farms in Marathon County are feeling the squeeze. As record corn crops are harvested, space to store the grain becomes more and more limited.

At Bonsall farms, owner Bill Bonsall says the farm's storage facilities will be maxed out this year. But all that yellow is good for revenue. Fitting the grain into storage may be a problem, but it's a good problem to have.

Grain storage facilities are up to their ears in corn, too. At Marathon Feed Company, owner Todd Heise say's they've had double the number of requests for storage this year. And the phone won't stop ringing.

Ben Riehle, a merchandiser from Wisconsin Rapids Grain, echoes that feeling. Although Wisconsin Rapids Grain has space available he also admits they are having to receive and ship the corn at a fast pace to keep up with demand for storage space.

The need for space has prompted the FSA to provide low-interest loans for farmers to construct new storage facilities on their land.

However, the loans are only approved for those storing only grain grown on the owner's land.

Even though the Bonsall's say they will need more storage space if the yield is this good next year, they will not qualify for a loan because they store grain from other farms.

Online Reporter: Bonnie Shelton

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