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Published November 19, 2013, 02:09 PM

ND State Mill temporarily halts new noncontract grain

The North Dakota State Mill and Elevator in Grand Forks has asked farmers and elevators to stop bringing in stored grain that isn’t priced, a result of a temporary shortage of grain storage space that will be rectified in a few days.

By: Mikkel Pates, Agweek

FARGO, N.D. — The North Dakota State Mill and Elevator in Grand Forks has asked farmers and elevators to stop bringing in stored grain that isn’t priced, a result of a temporary shortage of grain storage space that will be rectified in a few days.

Vance Taylor, the state-owned mill’s manager, on Tuesday confirmed that the state mill had sent out a market fax to supplying elevators, telling them not bring stored grain for the near future. This is grain for price-later situations, and not grain that has been contracted at a specific price. Taylor said he didn’t know whether any farmers or other customers may have been inconvenienced by the situation.

“If they don’t see the email and bring in a load they want to store and price-later, we still accept that, but we’d let them know to not bring the next one unless we start accepting it, which is normally just a few days,” Taylor says. “It’s just normal operations, really. We’re just a little full now. We’re super busy, grinding 2 million bushels a month. We’ll have room soon, but it’s something we do from time to time. It doesn’t last long.”

Taylor says there’s no set timing on the situation, which occurs when usage in the mills doesn’t match up to intake. Most of the grain comes in by truck and some by rail, which can vary.

The mill is rated at 4 million bushels of storage capacity — the amount it technically would hold if every bin were full, which seldom happens. The state-owned company buys spring wheat and durum and makes it into wholesale and retail, bulk and in bags.

Taylor encourages customers to call the grain department, or to watch the market fax for updates.

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