Facility Feature
Legacy Grain Cooperative Uses Space a Quarter Mile North of Main Elevator

Coop adds 1.14 million bushels of storage in new annex

MOWEAQUA, Ill. - Legacy Grain Cooperative had decided in 2017 to increase receiving and storage capacity at its branch elevator in Moweaqua, IL (217-768-4416). However, there wasn’t any more room to expand at the facility’s downtown location.

Fortunately, the cooperative had most of the space it needed a quarter mile to the north on West Cedar Street, says General Manager Kevin Walker. (Walker came to Stonington Cooperative in 2010 prior to the 2013 merger with Moweaqua Farmers Elevator that created Legacy Grain.)

The former Moweaqua Farmers had purchased land there in the 1990s, which had a fertilizer plant on it. In 2005, the coop tore down that plant, but it still operates an 880,000-bushel hoop building for flat storage that was built at the site in 2006.

At this site, the coop in 2017 built a 1.14-million-bushel remote steel annex, intended primarily for soybeans, adjacent to the hoop building. The coop also installed a remote outbound truck scale, as well.

The coop took bids and awarded the contract to Cleveland Grain Systems, Inc., Mount Zion, IL (800-313-2603). “I’ve worked with them before,” Walker says. “They put up two 78-foot-diameter tanks and a dryer at our Blue Mound (IL) location.”

Other major subcontractors on the project:

  • LoweCon LLC, Crawfordsville, IN (765-866-8231), erected the GSI steel tanks.
  • J May Electric, Taylorville, IL (217-325-3226), did the electrical work.
  • Craig’s Concrete, Gilman, IL (815-265-7355), supplied concrete.
  • Southern Illinois Scale, Noble, IL (800-441-1794), installed the new truck scale.
  • Grossman & Associates, Savoy, IL (217-398-1978), supplied scale automation and linked it to the grain accounting system at the downtown elevator.

Work on the project began Feb. 13, 2017 and was completed July 10.

Project includes two new GSI tanks

The two 572,000-bushel GSI tanks stand 90 feet in diameter, 99 feet tall at the eaves, and 123 feet tall at the peaks. The new tanks include outside stiffeners, flat concrete floors, GSI X-Series 12-inch bin sweeps, and 18-cable Canary grain temperature monitoring systems.

Each tank receives 1/5 cfm per bushel of aeration from four 50-hp Decatur Aeration centrifugal fans.

Trucks deposit grain into a 14-ft.-x-24-ft., 1,750-bushel mechanical receiving pit housed in a concrete receiving shed. The pit feeds a 20,000-bph GSI receiving leg equipped with a single row of Tapco 20x8 heavy-duty buckets mounted on a 22-inch Goodyear belt.

The leg deposits grain into a four-duct Schlagel rotary distributor, which in turn, sends grain out to storage via GSI overhead 20,000-bph drag conveyors.

Both tanks have sidedraw spouts for truck loading. When grain falls below that level, they empty onto GSI 10,000-bph drag conveyors in above-ground 6-foot-tall tunnels. These run back to the receiving leg.

One distributor duct delivers grain via gravity to a 5,700-bushel Meridian overhead surge tank, also for truck loading.

Southern IL Scale installed a 70-foot Fairbanks pitless outbound truck scale on the opposite side of the hoop building from the annex. In addition, Southern IL Scale designed a kiosk terminal next to the scale, and Grossman & Associates installed its scale automation software.

Company Profile, Legacy Grain Cooperative

  • Stonington, IL • 217-325-3211
  • Founded: 2013
  • Storage capacity: 16.5 million bushels at four locations
  • Annual volume: 16-17 million bushels
  • Annual revenues: $90-95 million
  • Number of members: 1,430
  • Number of employees: 29
  • Crops handled: Corn, soybeans, wheat
  • Services: Grain handling and merchandising

Key personnel at Moweaqua:

  • Kevin Walker, general manager
  • Sharon Carlson, location manager
  • Ryan Bell, operations manager
  • Mike Conger, superintendent

Suppliers

  • Aeration fans/system • Decatur Aeration
  • Bin sweeps • GSI
  • Bucket elevator • GSI
  • Catwalks • LeMar Industries Corp.
  • Concrete • Craig’s Concrete
  • Contractor/millwright • Cleveland Grain Systems
  • Control system • J May Electric
  • Conveyors • GSI
  • Distributor • Schlagel Inc.
  • Elevator buckets • Tapco Inc.
  • Grain temperature system • Canary
  • Scale automation • Grossman & Assoc.
  • Steel storage • GSI, Meridian Mfg. Inc.
  • Steel tank erection • LoweCon LLC
  • Tower support system • LeMar
  • Truck scale • Fairbanks Scales
  • Truck scale installer • Southern IL Scale

Reprinted from Grain Journal March/April 2018 Issue

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