EVANSVILLE — What is it? Landmark Services Cooperative is expanding its grain shuttle location at 6524 N. County M on Evansville's southeast side. The expansion is scheduled for a Sept. 10 completion.
Landmark is a member-owned cooperative that provides agronomy, energy, animal nutrition, grain, retail and transportation products and services to more than 15,000 members in southcentral Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
What is expanding? The expansion will include the largest grain storage bin among all of Landmark's grain storage facilities, as well as a new grain dryer, according to a news release.
The co-op is adding a 730,000-bushel grain storage bin and a dryer that will process 7,000 bushels of grain per hour. A new grain receiving pit will be able to handle 20,000 bushels of grain per hour by truck, increasing total receiving capacity to 65,000 bushels per hour at the rail site.
A new building over the receiving pit also will be added, along with a dust-collection system and new electrical control room building.
Why? “One of the biggest challenges the agriculture industry faces today is the fact that the world's appetite and need for food will double in the next 20 years—specifically 9.8 billion people by 2050,” Landmark CEO Bob Carlson said in a statement.
“As a cooperative, it is our job to provide growers with the necessary resources to help feed the world, including fertilizer, fuel, transport, store, finance, insure and market that grain. Landmark has both the opportunity and the obligation to be a part of a local solution.”
About 90 percent of the grain delivered to the Evansville location leaves by train, said Fred Johnson, grain operations manager. Landmark ships about 225 cars a month, sending most of its corn to the Texas/Arkansas poultry markets and most beans to Mexico or the Gulf ports for export, he said.
What will it mean for farmers? The expansion means it will take seven minutes or less from the time a farmer drives up to the scale with a grain delivery to the time the truck is empty.
Farmers will wait less because the expansion at the rail site on the east side of County M will increase efficiencies at the truck receiving site on the west side of the road, Johnson said.
Time is money during harvest, said Doug Cropp, Landmark's senior vice president.
“This expansion allows us to get our growers in and out in a matter of minutes,” he said.