Grain silos not just flooded, but destroyed – Video

“This footage needs national coverage,” says reader. “It’s hard to make city folks understand the loss when they never understood the bounty that a silo holds.”

My heart goes out to the farmers.

Thanks to Adoni for this video

13 thoughts on “Grain silos not just flooded, but destroyed – Video”

  1. the grain in these Grain Bins, was put in at a approx. moisture content of 15 %. this is the required moisture content for storage. the water logged base will wick up the water into the non- submerged grain. The unloading ports are on the lower level of bin so the grain just flows by Gravity.. the only way to save grain if not wet would be to vacuum it out of the top of bin.. Then realize these areas are flooded and the road system would not support a 84,000 lb semi-truck loaded with grain.

  2. So 7? bins lost x 30k bu. x3.50/bu.=$735k likely unisured for flooding because you certainly wouldn’t build a complex like that where you thought it might flood someday.

  3. I don’t eat grains, personally.
    But I do eat those things that eat grains.
    Maybe a good time to buy wheat futures?

  4. yeah either moisture got in and the swelling grain splits from inside
    or the soil bneath erodes and pressure splits
    either or both the end result is bad news.
    not only is it not even stockfeed, its also not going to even be plantable due to fungals etc
    and burning will prob be the end disposal to try n eradictae the mould fungus disease risks to all. soil other plants humans and stock, any sparrrows getting knocked off eating that grain wouldnt be a loss but other grain feeder wild birds at risk too.

  5. If I remember my history correctly, during the Little Ice Age, wheat developed a mold strain that caused paranoia and hallucinations and convulsions. I forgot the name of the mold, but the moldy grains would also affect the animals that were fed the grain. Similar to animals that eat “Loco weed”! Obviously, they had to dispose of the grain in a time when food was scarce and famine was just around the corner.
    I see this as a major disaster even if they are insured, for we can get that grain back and livestock depend on those grains. Of course, many livestock have been lost as well, so it may balance out. However this is still a major financial loss to our economy.
    Of course, we could always say: “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche”. (Let them eat cake)

    • I’m no expert, but I believe you are thinking of ergot, a fungus that grows on wheat and rye and produces LSD. Yes, that LSD. Some think that ergot poisoning was what created the hysteria that led to the Salem witch trials, which took place in Massachusetts during the Little Ice Age. Ergot needs cool, damp summers to flourish, and New England was experiencing cool, damp summers during that period. Oh, we have so much to look forward to as the climate cools.

  6. Through to recent times there were problems with the storage of rye. A mold called ergot formed.
    A little would make your weird, more made you crazy and even more killed you.
    Bad weather in the 1500s in northern Europe prompted serious witch hunts. With some 40,000 witches legally executed, prosecuted by highly educated magistrates.

  7. Marcus, I forget when/where I read that as well. I think because rye was moisture resistant than wheat, it was nonetheless mold on wet rye, and it was lsd. This coincides historically with the werewolf myth. But I also can’t completely remember the information.

  8. Not usable for ethanol because distillers grain is fed to livestock and they dont want their plant contaminated with who knows what.Also might affect the enzymes that ferment the grain.Best use probably spread back on fields for fertilizer.

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