I love driving the back roads of the Mississippi Delta. Even if there aren’t any buildings or people, there’s always the landscape to take pictures of, and the sky. I especially love coming up on agricultural buildings, gins, the rare old barn, concrete grain elevators, and silos. Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of these smaller metal silos, usually connected in a group of 4 or 5, and I need the help of knowledgeable Delta folks to explain what these are? I took these pictures up in Quitman County a few weeks ago, north of Sledge, and I like them for this post because the new metal silos are right near the old concrete grain elevator/silos. Are the metal silos replacing the concrete silos? Were the concrete silos a co-op while the metal silos are owned by an individual farmer? Are they for soybeans? Rice? Catfish?–no, I’m not that ignorant. Why are all the concrete grain elevators I see abandoned? (This beautiful one in Lubbock, TX, with 128 slipformed concrete silos was demolished in 2004, according to wikipedia.)
I hope that readers will educate me and the rest of the MissPres universe by commenting below. If you know what’s the deal with the metal silos, or the concrete silos/elevator, or both, this is your chance to shine!