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Wind
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What is the size of a 14 billion bu. corn pile?

Need something to do?  Go figure what is the size of the entire US corn crop (14 billion bu.) if you put it on one single pile?  What would  be the diameter of the pile and how high would the peak be? 

I challenged a local farmer who was always good at "pushing the pencil."  Here is what he came up with.

 

The diameter of a 14 billion bu. of (dry) corn pile would be 1.288 miles.

The height of the peak would be 1,443 feet.

Did he do his math correct ?  How long would it take to fill that pile using a 10" auger?

Take care,

Wind

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Hobbyfarmer
Honored Advisor

Re: What is the size of a 14 billion bu. corn pile?

At 43 million bushels per year, it is going to take a while with one 10 inch auger.

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Canuck_2
Senior Contributor

Re: What is the size of a 14 billion bu. corn pile?

The question I have is are you talking the real bushel or are you talking 56 lb units and then of course which bushel if that is what you mean because with that many bu. the different sized bushels would make quite a difference.

And then of course if you are talking 56 lb units you would have to know the volume each 56 lb unit occuppied and again with that many it would make quite a difference in the size of the pile if it was good heavy corn or very light weight.

 

Just thinking and asking.

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Wind
Advisor

Re: What is the size of a 14 billion bu. corn pile?

He was using 2,150.42 cu. in. for each volume  56lbs. unit.  

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Wind
Advisor

Re: What is the size of a 14 billion bu. corn pile?

A very long time.  Around 300 years if my brain fails me not at this hour of the day. 

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wglassfo
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Re: What is the size of a 14 billion bu. corn pile?

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sw363535
Honored Advisor

Re: What is the size of a 14 billion bu. corn pile?

What color is your Mac.  Smiley Happy

 

Just kidding wglassfo,

 

Hope you get it figured out.

 

Welcome

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sw363535
Honored Advisor

Re: What is the size of a 14 billion bu. corn pile?

WoW   wind,

 

I am impressed ------------------------  I didn't realize you are one of us ,,,,,,,  the close to driving ourselves insane with odd and interesting calculations fraternity.

------------- The CDOIOICO fraternity.

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c-x-1
Veteran Advisor

Re: What is the size of a 14 billion bu. corn pile?

lets see someone figure out if 14 b strung together on a huge necklace would fit the girth of the equaterSmiley Happy

 

how many kernals would that be?

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sw363535
Honored Advisor

Re: What is the size of a 14 billion bu. corn pile?

your up late cx-1,

 

Work on it tomorrow.

 

Smiley Happy

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