The general manager of a southeast Minnesota ethanol plant says the facility is running near capacity with harvest in full swing.
Randall Doyal with Al-Corn Clean Fuel in Claremont tells Brownfield the staff is operating around the clock to keep up.
“We’re grinding and consuming the volume of corn on a daily basis and we’re not seasonal in that regard. Our farmers are, and they tend to try to push forward and deliver as much as they can when they need to.”
Grain storage is a concern for many farmers this fall, but Doyal says producers he works with have been preparing for harvest by increasing on-farm capacity while taking steps to ensure quality.
“Frankly, we get better quality from our farmers than we do from commercials because (farmers) have gotten so good at being able to maintain and take care of that corn. And they deliver rate-ably through the year at a cooperative facility like ours, or they deliver when the market sends signals or they choose to make a sale.”
Doyal expects bin space at Al-Corn to remain close to full through December, with inventories dropping steadily after the holidays.
The full interview can be accessed here: https://brownfieldagnews.com/news/ethanol-plant-keeping-harvest/