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Published July 27, 2011, 10:54 AM

SD elevator says expansion due to increased yields

VALLEY SPRINGS, S.D. — The Valley Springs Farmers Elevator is expanding its capacity by an additional 120,000 bushels, due mainly to increasing yields for corn, soybeans and other crops.

VALLEY SPRINGS, S.D. — The Valley Springs Farmers Elevator is expanding its capacity by an additional 120,000 bushels, due mainly to increasing yields for corn, soybeans and other crops.

Construction on the current 250,000-bushel facility is expected to be completed by September. Elevator manager Brian Fick says the added capacity is needed to keep up with burgeoning crops.

The South Dakota Agriculture Department says the state's corn crop is at 5.4 million acres, up 850,000 acres over last year. Other corps expected to increase in acreage are soybeans, winter wheat, sunflowers, sorghum and dry edible beans.

Joel Hanson, vice president of the elevator board, tells the Sioux Falls Argus Leader that hybrid strains are producing bigger yields for farmers.

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