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Northeast Nebraska gets a new grain and agronomy hub


Farmers are preparing for the harvest, and when they get those crops out of the field, they need a place to store them.

By next week, farmers in northeast Nebraska will have a new place to put their corn and beans.

"It should be a one stop and shop type of place is what it should be," farmer Ron Crumly said.

Dry fertilizer bins, liquid fertilizer bins, a grain elevator, and dual scales can all be found in one spot for farmers at the new grain and agronomy hub near Royal, Nebraska.

"We're using the latest technologies in our facility here," Central Valley Ag CEO, Doug Derscheid, said.

Derscheid said trends show higher crop production every year which is why it's important to be prepared.

And with this technology, farmers will be able to get in and out more efficiently. Central Valley Ag officials said it will take four minutes to load one semi from the liquid fertilizer bins and seven minutes to load a semi from the dry fertilizer bin.

"As farms get larger, equipment needs are greater. Speed, space, all those things are factors as we look at a facility like this," Central Valley Ag Senior VP of Agronomy, Karl Hensley, said.

Crumly is excited about the new facility, not just for himself but for future generations.

"A facility that will take us into the next 100 years is the way I look at it," Crumly said.

Crumly said he will mostly be using the site for the grain bins, which can hold 3.5 million bushels. Derscheid said the location will most likely serve farmers for 50-miles around.

Central Valley Ag officials said having the new hub on a railroad track is going to be a huge benefit.

"With the opportunity to bring in rail services of fertilizer and be able to ship out grain is a huge opportunity in this community," Hensley said.

Derscheid said the hub should be fully operational to start unloading grains into the elevator by next Monday or Tuesday.

But, before it opens, members of the community got the first look at the newest site on Thursday on a trolley ride.

It took them around the hub while tour guides explained more about each building.

This new facility isn't the only one Central Valley Ag is working on. They'll build a similar facility in Randolph, Nebraska which could open in the fall of 2014.

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