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$17 million mountain of corn piles up in western Minn.

In the midst of the nation's worst drought in decades, farmers in Wheaton, Minn. struck gold. The area was blessed with one of its largest corn crops ever while dry conditions crippled harvests around the country, driving up corn prices.
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In the midst of the nation's worst drought in decades, farmers in Wheaton, Minn. struck gold.

KARE 11 says the area was blessed with one of its largest corn crops ever while dry conditions crippled harvests around the country, driving up corn prices.

A massive pile of corn worth $17 million covers the infield of a racetrack at the Traverse County fairgrounds because there's no where else to put it, the storage elevator is out of room.

Philip Deal, general manager of the Wheaton-Dumont Co-op Elevater, tells WDAY the overflow is about a third of the company's corn, enough to fill 158,757,329 cans of corn.

Deal expects the record harvest will stay in the U.S. to meet the demand in areas hit hardest by drought, KARE 11 reports.

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