Moundridge, KS • 620-345-6328
Storage capacity: 40 million bushels
at 26 locations
Annual volume: 60 million bushels
Annual revenues: $500 million
Number of members: 8,000+
Number of employees: 300
Crops handled: Corn, soybeans,
hard red winter wheat, sorghum
Services: Grain handling and merchandising,
agronomy, petroleum, feed
Key personnel at Canton:
• Erik Lange, VP-southern region
• Brett Briscoe, location manager
• Daniel Pohlman, superintendent
• Emily Jackson, scale operator
Aeration fans ..............AIRLANCO
Aeration system ....North American
Equipment Co. Inc.
Bucket elevators ........... Union Iron
Bulk weigh scale ....Vigen/C&A Scales
Bulk weigh scale controls...Cultura
Cleaners ..................... InterSystems
Contractor ... Vigen Construction Inc.
Control system ..... Kasa Controls &
Conveyors (belt) ....Hi Roller Conveyors
Conveyors (drag) ......... Union Iron
Design engineer .....Vigen Construction Inc.
Electrical contractor............ Kansas
Elevator buckets ......Maxi-Lift Inc.
Fall protection .........Fall Protection
Grain temperature system ..Tri-States
Grain Conditioning Inc.
Hazard monitoring system....CMC
Level indicators ............. BinMaster,
Endress & Hauser
Magnets ... Industrial Magnetics Inc.
Manlift .....Schumacher Elevator Co.
Millwright ....Vigen Construction Inc.
Roof system ......Kooiker Roofing &
Structural engineering .. VAA, LLC
Truck probe ......... Gamet Mfg. Inc.
Truck scales.....Mettler Toledo, LLC
Truck scale software ...........Cultura
A new rail terminal elevator on U.S. Highway 56 near Canton, KS (620-350-8199) has been loading unit trains on the Union Pacific Railroad since December 2014.
“We did a study of the grain markets for central Kansas, and we found that we needed more storage along the Highway 56 corridor,” says Erik Lange, vice president-northern region for MKC, Moundridge, a 10-year veteran at the coop. “Canton is a strategic location between other terminal markets and close to a lot of our member-owners.”
He adds that the location in central Kansas serves as both a rail and truck market, central to major flour milling operations in Hutchinson, Salina, and Wichita, KS, as well as several nearby ethanol plants.
According to Lange, MKC is the operating partner in Producers Ag LLC, a joint venture with CHS that built the $21 million terminal. MKC leases the terminal to Team Marketing Alliance, LLC which includes three other local Kansas cooperatives:
• Cooperative Grain & Supply, Hillsboro.
• Halstead Cooperative, Halstead.
• Central Prairie Cooperative, Sterling.
The venture took competitive bids and awarded the construction contract to Vigen Construction, Inc., Grand Forks, ND (218-773-1159). “Vigen offered an excellent design for handling both truck and rail traffic,”
Other major players on the project included:
• VAA, LLC, Plymouth, MN (763-559-9100), which served as structural engineer and performed site/civil engineering and loop track design.
• Kansas Electric, Newton, KS (316-283-4750), which served as electrical contractor
• Kasa Controls & Automation, Salina, KS (800-755-5272), which supplied the automation systems.
• Ameritrack, El Dorado, KS (316-321-3816), which built the facility’s 8,100-foot loop track.
Construction on the facility began in August 2013 following a month of weather-related delays, and the terminal was essentially complete by December 2014.
Vigen constructed a 1.1-millionbushel slipform concrete grain elevator that consists of eight 124,000-bushel tanks plus five interstices, three truck loadout bins, and one shipping bin. The big tanks are 40 feet in diameter and 131 feet tall, and all of them are equipped with KanalSystem floors with center sumps for air-assisted unloading.
Each tank also has three Tri-States Grain Conditioning grain temperature cables and BinMaster level indicators. Two of the eight tanks have a pair of AIRLANCO 40-hp centrifugal fans supplying 1/7 cfm per bushel of aeration allowing those tanks to hold wetter grain, in addition to power the Kanal- System floors. The rest of the upright tanks operate with a single AIRLANCO 50-hp centrifugal fan supplying 1/10 cfm per bushel.
The Producers Ag terminal also operates a pair of 1.1-million-bushel LeMar temporary storage piles measuring 500 feet long by 150 feet wide. They have four-foot perforated steel sidewalls, compacted dirt floors, and ten 10-hp AIRLANCO axial fans each. Both are loaded with 25,000-bph conveyors with double drive-over pit supplied by LeMar Industries and unloaded by operators on front-end loaders.
Incoming truckers identify themselves at a remote Gamet Apollo probe station using RFID cards, part of a Cultura oneWeigh® scale automation system. From there, they proceed to a 12-foot-by-80-foot METTLER TOLEDO pitless inbound scale for weighing. Their weight is captured and they are directed where to dump. After depositing their load, drivers return to an adjacent outbound scale for tare weight and receive their scale ticket from a scale-side printer.
Trucks deposit grain into one of three mechanical receiving pits, two holding 1,200 bushels and the third 600 bushels. All three pits feed 20,000-bph Union Iron legs equipped with 20x8 Maxi-Lift Tiger-Tuff buckets mounted on 22-inch Goodyear belts.
Grain can be routed through two 25,000-bph InterSystems gravity screeners for the receiving legs, before it is deposited into a Schlagel 13-duct triple rotary distributor. From there, grain travels via a pair of 20,000-bph Union Iron drag conveyors out to storage. A 40,000 bph InterSystems gravity screener is used on the shipping leg.
At this point, there is no grain dryer. Location Manager Brett Briscoe says dryer may be added later depending on market demands.
The upright storage tanks empty onto a 60,000-bph Hi Roller enclosed
belt conveyors in a below-ground 11-ft.-wide-by-8-ft.-tall tunnel. These run back to a 40,000-bph Union Iron loadout leg outfitted with two rows of Maxi-Lift Tiger-Tuff 20x8 buckets on a 44-inch Goodyear belt. The other receiving legs can be diverted to loadout service as needed.
Railcars are loaded with an 80,000-bph bulk weigh loadout scale fabricated by Vigen with C&A Scales electronics. It is under the control of a Cultura one-Weigh® automation system. Workers atop railcars during loadout operations are protected by a 360-foot Fall Protection Systems Corp. trolley unit.
Automation for Safety
Facility operations at Canton are under control of a Kasa Level 4 Automation system providing such features as remote access, hazard monitoring, historical data tracking for alarms, power monitors, bin temperature cable monitoring, and aeration control. Hazard monitoring is viewable from a centralized location with real time and historical trending. This means, for example, if bearings are overheating repeatedly, preventive maintenance can be scheduled before they fail.
The system also does not allow legs and conveyors to run when the dust collection system is off, reducing the chance for a dust explosion. And equipment status such as amperage or gate positions can be viewed multiple places throughout the facility and through remote dial-in inside terminal control locations instead of having to go outside.
Ed Zdrojewski, editor