Grain storage capacity levels in Wisconsin

Ray Mueller

Madison — On and off-farm storage capacities for grains in Wisconsin were virtually unchanged during the latest reporting period, according to the annual report by the National Agricultural Statistics Service and its state field office.

The report indicated that on Dec. 1, 2016, the storage capacity at 370 off-farm facilities in Wisconsin had increased by 5 million bushels from a year earlier to a new total of 360 million bushels. Meanwhile, the on-farm storage capacity remained stable at 375 million bushels.

Compared to data for 2007, the off-farm capacity had increased from 261 million bushels. The on-farm capacity had increased from 367 million bushels a decade ago but it has remained at the same volume for the past four reporting years.

Regional statistics

In the Upper Midwest states, Iowa led the way on Dec. 1, 2016, with a total of 3.43 billion bushels of on and off-farm storage capacity for grains. Illinois followed with a total capacity of 2.97 billion bushels.

Capacities in other states included 2.26 billion bushels in Minnesota, 2.103 billion bushels in Nebraska, 1.455 billion bushels in Kansas, 1.335 billion bushels in North Dakota, 1.115 billion bushels in South Dakota and 795 million bushels in Missouri.

The cumulative storage capacity in the United States was just short of 24.317 billion bushels on Dec. 1, 2016. This was an increase of 184.235 million bushels from a year earlier.