Bin construction has been a constant in Cherokee and its surrounding counties, as five bins have been built at local Co-op locations within the last five years, adding more than 2 1/2 million bushels of storage space in the area.
One example of the recent bin construction can be seen at the First Cooperative Association Larrabee location where a new 500,000 bushel steel bin is currently under construction.
The new bin will be used for corn storage, allowing use of one of the Co-op's smaller bins for soybean storage. This change will allow full use of the large grain leg and receiving pit to handle both corn and soybean deliveries, improving the speed and effciency the Co-op will be able to handle incoming crops.
The FCA is also constructing a 100,000 bushel steel bin, a 4,000 bushel per hour grain dryer, a 12,000 bushel per hour grain leg, and a large dump pit at its Schaller location.
Additional conveyors will be constructed, linking the existing facilities to the new equipments, greatly enhancing the speed and service available at the Schaller Co-op.
Work also continues on a new bin being built at the Western Iowa Cooperative location in Washta. Construction of the new 600,000 bushel bin is expected to be completed by harvest time in the fall, greatly expanding the corn storage capabilities at the location.
This year's projects follow a long line of bins constructed recently in the area. The FCA has enjoyed the use of three newly constructed 500,000 bushel bins, one at the Marcus, Laurens and Cherokee Co-op locations.
Together, these projects have added approximately 2.7 million bushels of storage space in five short years.