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Elevating Grain

KSAL Staff - June 26, 2013 9:58 pm

Ethan runs cards from the truck driver's to the Scoular office employee's while the trucks sit on a scale to be weighed.

Ethan runs cards from the truck driver's to the Scoular office employee's while the trucks sit on a scale to be weighed.

“It’ll be probably one of the biggest harvest’s we’ve ever seen,” Tom King a merchandiser for the Scoular grain elevators said. King has worked for 12 years at Scoular and has been around grain elevators his whole life.

According to King, the weather has been perfect for harvesting, especially after the long drought that has been plaguing Kansas for the past few years.

Scoular operates 60 to 70 trucks that continually transport grain to and from their elevators, not including the local farmer trucks that use Scoular’s services to store their grain as well.

At the entrance of the Scoular offices is a mad flurry of employees testing grain for moisture and damage; from sifting through loud metal machines sounding like rain-makers to picking grain one-by-one from small piles and calculating damage percentages, everyone is busy.

“The farmers are all really nice,” Ethan, a truck scale operator said. “They’ve all got that midwestern hospitality.”

The Scoular elevators have the capacity to store up to 10.5 million bushels of grain, including milo, corn, wheat and beans. This year’s harvest is set to bring in tremendous yields according to King, bolstering the entire midwestern farming economy.

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