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The Art of Practical Corn Storage - Big is Good. Mega is Better.

Editor's Note: The bin in this story was destroyed during a rainstorm on January 12, 2013. For photos and that story - follow "more" at the bottom of the page

New grain bin

Steel girders raced toward the ground. Each day new metal frames became a part of the whole. Time was money and the crops were being harvested into the waiting trucks.

Each truck would soon aim its engine toward the city of yesterday’s metal bins as the new structure became whole. On board the trucks was an average of 80,000 pounds of freshly cut corn from the fields.  

 The metal ring grew each day as if the days and nights of harvest would soon be done without the prospect of lying in storage within the rings diameter. After the seventh day, the job was done. A new corn storage unit at Burgess Brothers Grain Co. had been born.

On the eight day, men looked and reviewed their work. In front of them was a steel framed circle building that held 500,000 bushels of corn. The whole structure was over 100 feet tall and some 80 feet across at the base.

This complex in Clinton, Kentucky is important to the whole region's farming culture and economy. Farming is manufacturing in this rural area and companies like Burgess Brothers are the storage and distribution centers.

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