It fits an entire Boeing 767 and it takes 2,500 trucks to fill it

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The expression “more difficult than finding a needle in a haystack” takes on a new dimension if instead of a haystack we throw the needle into the barn built by Sukup Manufacturing in Mason City, a small town in Iowa, USA. And this is so because more than a silo for grain, a deposit for conventional corn like there are so many scattered throughout the agricultural regions of the country, what Sukup has built is a real metal mass worthy of appearing in the guinness of world records.

The data of the structure are impressive, of course: it is around the 47 meters high50 in diameter and —details the company— has the capacity to store around 2.2 million bushelsor Anglo-Saxon fanegas, which is equivalent to about 55,900 tons of corn or 48,000 of barley.

Its creators calculate that 2,500 trucks would be needed to fill it and it could accommodate a Boeing 767-200 aircraft within its enormous structure, made up of 30 rings.

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announcing the project Y on your websiteSukup Manufacturing bills the structure as “the free space grain silo biggest in the world”; a taglinethat of “free”, with which the company indicates that the roof is not supported by columns or interior pillars.

The project started in september 2020 and less than a year later, mid 2021His works were almost finished. The Big Bin Bash was presented at the beginning of June 2021 with a choral ceremony including a band that recalls its Guinness XXL size: “World’s Largest Grain Bin 2021”. last july its owners still boasted of that category.

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The question is… Why does someone need such a titan? Who wants a silo that can only be filled with 2,500 trucks And how much would it be worth to store grain like an airplane?

The answer is Golden Grain Energy (GGE), an ethanol production plant located in Mason City that seeks to strengthen its supply and ability to acquire grain when conditions are more advantageous, which, of course, requires a robust muscle for its storage.

“Currently we have about 10 days of storage and thanks to the addition of this deposit, our storage capacity will increase to approximately 30 days”, points out the company before noting that the new infrastructure will increase both the company’s storage capacity and its own reception potential to receive raw material.

Ethanol plants, Sukup abounds, seek to capture grain “as soon as possible at the price they like”, so a warehouse like the one in Mason City offers an interesting plus: “It gives them many opportunities throughout the year to be more efficient with their ethanol.”

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The expression “more difficult than finding a needle in a haystack” takes on a new dimension if instead of a…

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