Sunday, June 30, 2019

Wheat is still grown in Illinois and Indiana

(Teutopolis: Satellite; Montrose: Satellite)

Siemer Milling Co. in Teutopolis, IL, makes flour "that ends up in cakes, cookies, breadings, doughnuts, ice cream cones, and other food products sold all over the U.S." [EffinghamDailyNews] (source) Wheat is trucked in from local farmers and flour is shipped using rail and trucks.

Evidently this area is far enough south of Chicago that their growing season is long enough that they can grow soybeans after they harvest the wheat. In addition to receiving wheat at their Teutopolis elevator, they have bought the elevator in Montrose to make it easier for the local farmers to deliver wheat for the mill. In 1994 it was converted into a wheat storage adjunct. "In 2015, two grain bins were built, adding 230,000 bushels of storage; the total is now about 650,000 bushels. A grain dryer was installed, and a Wet Wheat Program initiated. This program encourages farmers to cut wheat at higher moistures, which helps to preserve quality, and also enables an earlier start on planting double-crop soybeans.
In addition, the receiving pit capacity was enlarged and systems were automated for higher through-put. Bushels taken in have increased each summer, so that Montrose is now the top destination for local wheat producers."  [EffinghamDailyNews]

Teutopolis Mill and Elevator

A satellite image shows that they ship flour by rail as well as by truck.
These are just a couple of the photos that show they did a major expansion in 2018.
Richard Heintz, Jun 2018
By Sep 2018, the building was done and a crane moved a tall storage tank into place: video. The tank was brought in on a long trailer.
Jose Murillo
Different views of the "street view" mode were taken at different times.

Old view:
Street View
Newer view:
Street View


This is the first time I have seen the satellite image being significantly more current than the street view. Especially on a US highway. Normally the street view is more recent. The two 130,000 bushel steel bins mentioned in the article replaced a bunch of small white silos.
Street View, Sep 2009
Here we can see the two new metal bins.


They can double crop in the more northern latitudes as well. This farm is north of Lafayette, IN.
The Farmer's Life posted
Teamwork. Wheat out, beans going in behind.
Lloyd L. Munsee I thought the wheat was still too wet?
My Grandfather in northeast Indiana use to grow wheat, barley, and oats. He raised chickens and milked cows. The grains were used for his chicken feed, and the straw was used to bed the cows. He would wait until late July before he could combine.

This farmer does a lot of corn. He does special corn crops such as waxy, popcorn and seed. He got a new planter for this season. It doesn't have more rows, but each row is now GPS controlled. Obviously, he practices no-till on at least some of his fields.
The Farmer's Life cover photo

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