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WB Young puts finishing touches on bin at ethanol plant

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Workers from WB Young Company of Marshall are putting the final touches on a 730,000 bushel grain bin at Mid-Missouri Energy ethanol plant near Malta Bend. Using a 165-ton and a 210-ton crane from Scotts Crane Rental in Holt Summit, Mo., workers hoisted a 40,400-pound drag conveyer and catwalk onto the 120-foot-tall bin early Tuesday morning, Aug. 14. When finished the drag conveyer will be able to move 30,000 bushels of corn per hour. WB Young started the project on April 12, according to project manager Will Nolte. The bin, which is the largest the company has built to date, was completed on July 6. The entire project is expected to be completed by the end of August, Nolte said. The 105 foot diameter bin more than doubles the plant's original grain storage which was 400,000 bushels. It will allow for more flexibility in delivery dates for area farmers and the ethanol plant. In 2011, farmer-owned MME used 17 million bushels of corn, paying out $113 million to local producers.

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Mtown, I really didn't expect my comment to last this long. Negative truth is still truth.

-- Posted by Ello on Sun, Aug 19, 2012, at 10:18 PM

I'm surprised Ms. Gorrell hasn't block your negative comments about corn, or that she doesn't have a completely bias opinion on it.

-- Posted by mtownresident on Sun, Aug 19, 2012, at 2:03 PM

Yup Ello, corn based ethanol is the dinosaur of our renewable energy sources; supported today only by the Flintstone crowd...Yab-a-dabba-do, we love Rubble. ;)

-- Posted by Oklahoma Reader on Fri, Aug 17, 2012, at 9:28 PM

I hope that there is something to fill it with after this drought!

-- Posted by Lulawissie on Wed, Aug 15, 2012, at 10:06 PM

Ethanol from corn is a joke to say the least. You get a 26% return in energy from corn after processing. Switchgrass is a much better source of ethanol by far. You get a 546% return on it, AND it can be planted on marginal land. Yep, the same 38 million acres of marginal land the gov't pays farmers not to plant anything on. Also, it is not near the renewable resource that switchgrass is. Corn must be bought and replanted every year. Switchgrass only needs to be planted once...forever. Like any other grass, it just keeps growing. All you gotta do is mow it down. It's all about buying the seed every year to keep the Monsantos of the world fat and happy. If you don't believe me, do the research for yourself.

-- Posted by Ello on Wed, Aug 15, 2012, at 5:23 PM

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