Central Valley Ag’s rail terminal at Oakland, NE with two new Behlen tanks at right.
Oakland, NE — Central Valley Ag’s (CVA) rail terminal near Oakland, NE on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway had nearly 10 million bushels of storage space at the start of 2019. But half of that capacity was in temporary storage piles.
“We’re just trying to get more bushels under roof,” says Location Manager Rob Lindberg, who has been at Oakland for 26 years, long before CVA built the terminal in 2006-07.
This year, the coop added nearly 1.5 million bushels of upright steel storage: two 105-foot-diameter Behlen tanks, one rated at 675,000 bushels and the other at 750,000.
“We needed one to be taller than the other to build the fill conveyors above existing structures,” Lindberg says.
The contractor and millwright on the project was J&D Construction Inc., Montevideo, MN (320-226-2336). J&D has done numerous projects for CVA, most recently a new all-steel rail terminal at Linn, KS (covered in the March/April 2019 issue of Grain Journal).
Also on the project:
Construction began in March 2019 and was completed around Oct. 1.
The larger of the two tanks stands 105 feet in diameter, 92 feet tall at the eave, and 121 feet tall at the peak. It has outside stiffeners, flat floor, a 16-inch Springland sweep auger, and 24-cable TSGC grain temperature monitoring system and level indicators. Four 40-hp AGI Airlanco centrifugal fans supply 1/8 cfm per bushel of aeration.
The other tank stands 82 feet tall at the eave and 112 feet tall at the peak. It is similarly equipped to the larger tank, but its fans can generate 1/9 cfm per bushel.
The tanks are filled by a set of AGI Hi Roller 30,000-bph enclosed belt conveyors. Neither tank has sidedraws but instead empty onto another set of 50,000-bph AGI Hi Rollers in an above-ground tunnel.
— Ed Zdrojewski, editor
GRAIN JOURNAL September/October 2019 Issue
York, NE • 402-362-0246
Founded • 2003
Storage capacity • 128 million bushels at 53 locations
Annual volume • 200 million bushels
Annual revenues • $1.4 billion
Number of members • 10,000+
Number of employees • 900
Crops handled • Corn, soybeans, hard red winter wheat, sorghum, oats
Services • Grain handling and merchandising, feed, agronomy, energy, marketing services
Key personnel at Oakland
Aeration fans • AGI Airlanco
Bin sweeps • Springland Mfg.
Catwalks • LeMar Industries Corp.
Contractor/millwright • J&D Construction Inc.
Control system • Fremont Electric
Conveyors • AGI Hi Roller
Conveyor belting • Continental
Electrical contractor • Fremont Electric
Engineering • KC Engineering
Grain temperature system • Tri-States Grain Conditioning
Insurance • Nationwide
Level indicators • Tri-States Grain Conditioning
Motion sensors • 4B Components
Motors • Toshiba International
Pilings • Longfellow Foundations Inc.
Steel storage • Behlen Mfg. Co.
Steel tank erection • Cross Country Construction
Tower support systems • LeMar Industries Corp.