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After a farmer has harvested his crop, he loads up the dry grains onto a truck to be transported to a grain elevator. Grain elevators are large storage silos, several stories high, that are used to house massive quantities of grain.
When a farmer arrives on site, he first takes his truck to the scale. Here, a grain elevator worker will take a sample to test the weight of the grain, moisture content, and check for any foreign material. Then the truck continues to the work floor where the grain is dumped from the rear of the truck into a grated pit below. From the pit, the grain is hoisted upward by a continuous belt with buckets attached. The spout directs which bin the grain will fall into.
The truck then drives back onto the scale so the amount of grain delivered can be measured. To complete the transaction the farmer is given a scale ticket that has the number of bushels brought to the elevator. The farmer can immediately sell to the grain elevator worker, or he can pay a storage fee until he chooses to sell.
Working with a grain elevator can be dangerous work. With such huge quantities of product being unloaded, there is sometimes a chance of getting caught in the flow of grain to the storage containers. Sometimes the machinery will get jammed, and workers will have to use poles or hand tools to remove damaged materials. It is important that grain elevator workers follow all safety precautions and guidelines in order to decrease their chances of getting injured.
Educational requirement: High School Diploma