Officials at Consolidated Grain and Barge Company say that if one of your trucks takes more than two minutes to unload its corn, soybeans, grain sorghum or rice at their new grain terminal near Tunica, Miss., you may need to talk to the driver.
Farmers have learned that as more acres have been planted to corn, grain sorghum and soybeans in the Delta region, lines have been getting longer at Mid-South elevators. Consolidated Grain and Barge designed its new facility to avoid those, according to Ed Ide, Mid-South Region general manager for CGB.
"We said to ourselves we think there's an opportunity to help the farmer out in this area, eliminate the need to go to Memphis or Helena, Ark., and put a super high-fast facility in place," said Ide, who welcomed a group of farmers and Tunica city and county officials to the grand opening ceremony for the terminal.
"We really didn't know how many bushels we thought we would have," he said. "Of course, we made that educated guess when we built the facility. We sat back and said with that many bushels we can probably build the facility and have it run with a couple of pits, and the farmers will be happy, and it will be nice and fast. Then we said two pits isn't enough. What about three pits? We ended up with four pits."
Ide said he didn't know how many farmers attending the ceremony had used the facility, but "If your truck sits at the pit for more than two minutes, it's because your driver likes to talk a lot. We built a facility here that should dump your truck in less than two minutes. We weren't super busy this fall because we were just opening, but I think six minutes on the property."
The CGB facility in Tunica will operate with a crew of 13 employees. The day before the ceremony in Tunica CGB opened a similar facility in Osceola, Ark. The two elevators are among several that are opening at locations along the Mississippi River north and south of Memphis to avoid traffic congestion in the city.
"CGB is excited about this new river terminal. Both this facility and our newly constructed elevator in Osceola will introduce customers to some of the largest and most efficient handling capabilities along the inland river system," said Steve Everett, manager of the Tunica facility.
Besides the four receiving pits, the new facility is operating with two high-capacity shipping legs, a river belt and a high-efficiency grain dryer. In addition, customers have access to cgbonline.com, a secure site where they can view up-to-date information regarding their grain transactions, contracts, tickets and settlements at any time.
To learn more about Consolidated Grain and Barge Co., visit https://www.cgb.com/