As you move east to west, silos are replaced by elevators. The difference is that silos are a way of fermenting plant matter to be used later as feed while elevators are a way to preserve grain without it fermenting, to be sold later as prices and demand dictate. That’s my understanding, the understanding of an over-educated city boy.
It is a rare town in the Panhandle of West Texas that does not have a grain elevator like this one. Or should I say “like these” plural? In art, grain elevators are a frequent subject of painters and photographers. I am no different. They are shining vertical disturbances rising out of the flat land. They glisten!