Grain bin ruptures at Mellette Wheat Growers location

Farm Forum

A grain bin at the Wheat Growers grain location south of Mellette ruptured last weekend, causing hundreds of thousands of bushels of corn to spill out.

Steve Briggs, senior vice president of agronomy and corporate marketing, said a structural failure caused the rupture.

“From what I’ve seen, the side essentially blew out,” he said.

The bin, which can hold about 1.75 million bushels, was nearly full, he said. There were no injuries because no one was around when the bin broke Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

“We’re in the process of getting the insurance company and inspectors there,” he said.

The grain is still good and will be picked up and put back into a bin, Briggs said.

An engineering evaluation will be completed.

All Wheat Growers bins are routinely inspected by third-party engineers, he said. This particular bin was inspected recently and maintenance was completed in the last year.

“We didn’t neglect maintenance, so we’re anxious to find out what happened,” he said.

It’s business as usual and the Mellette grain location is still welcoming customers who bring in grain, Briggs said.

“There’s just grain on the ground,” he said.