Seth Johnson/Daily Journal: The new grain storage facility being built near Underwood will include three 100,000-bushel grain bins. The facility will save farmers in the area thousands of dollars per year in transportation costs.

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Grain facility will save on travel

Published 10:36am Wednesday, August 8, 2012 Updated 1:28pm Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Many who have driven east of town on Highway 210 have noticed three large structures being built near Underwood.

New Horizons Agricultural Services is building a new grain storage facility at the intersection of State Highway 210 and County Road 35. Three 100,000-bushel bins are being built so farmers in the area have a closer location to deliver their grain, said Otter Tail County Planning Commissioner Bert Kinlzer.

Construction began in the spring, and the hope is to have it ready to go for the corn and soybeans harvest this fall, he said.

In the past, farmers from as far away as Verndale and Sebeka have had to deliver their grain to Fergus Falls. The new facility will be a big money saver for a lot of farmers, said Underwood area farmer Vernon Johansen.

The storage facility will save Johansen 40 miles per load, and at 500 loads every year, he will save 20,000 miles annually. Farmers will not only save thousands on fuel costs but also time, labor and wear and tear on trucks, Johansen said.

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