Cooperative Grain developing grain bunker for fall harvest


Dick Tippin, CG&S marketing manager, stands inside the large grain bunker being developed for what is expected to be a bumper fall milo harvest. The bunker has a capacity of 500,000 bushels, which almost doubles the storage capacity at the Hillsboro site. Jerry Engler / Free Press

Grain elevators throughout Marion County report they have been creating storage space for what may be a record fall harvest, but the biggest new effort belongs to Cooperative Grain & Supply at Hillsboro.

Dick Tippin, CG&S marketing manager, said the new open bunker erected in the last two weeks northwest of the elevator will add 500,000 bushels of grain storage. The grain will be moved for loading with a 14,000-bushels-per-hour auger. Tippin said he expected nearly all of the capacity to be for milo that eventually will be used for processing at ethanol plants for motor fuel.

The bunker was a quick set-up, Tippin said, with pre-constructed aluminum sections ordered in for placement and dirt work for the floor.

The bunker is the second new capacity structure CG&S has added in the past year. Tippin said the 300,000-bushel grain bin built last year at the Marion elevator is a more permanent, year-around structure.

The Hillsboro elevator already had a capacity of 550,000 bushels, so the bunker comes close to doubling that, Tippin said. All told, the total capacity at all of the cooperative?s facilities stands at 3.2 million bushels, he said.

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