Over the past 24 months, Central Valley Ag Cooperative has been looking at ways to increase the speed of dumping grain and to add storage capabilities for producers in Washington County, Kan.
In early April, CVA purchased land and signed contracts to begin construction on a modern grain facility near the intersection of highways 15 and 148.
"We need to be able to dump grain at a speed that meets our producer's needs during harvest," says Wes Obannon, CVA vice president of operations. "This facility will allow us to dump over 60,000 bushels an hour. Speed and space will be a huge benefit to producers in Washington County and the surrounding area."
Once complete the site will have four bins providing a total of 2.1 million bushels of storage. In addition, there will be 1.5 million bushels of temporary bunker storage to use during the harvest season. "We also recognize that we need the ability to hold a crop to help with local basis values," Obannon says. "Using the new facility in conjunction with our existing facilities will give us that advantage."
CVA plans to break ground on this project later in April. "We would like to have this facility completed and ready to receive grain for the fall harvest of 2018," he says.