ROTHSAY, Minn. - Two new 300,000 grain bins at Rothsay Farmers Cooperative were filled with corn after this year's harvest. The additional 600,000 bushels in new storage result in 1.3 million bushels of capacity at the cooperative complex.
In late October the $2.6 million project was completed by Kava Construction of Fargo. Financing came through Midwest Bank of Barnesville.
The new bins are 98 feet tall and have a base diameter of 72 feet. They were built to withstand winds of up to 90 miles per hour, said Co-op Manager Paul Jorgenson.
Current bins were overflowing in 2009 and 2010, and thus the need for the expansion. The addition of the two new bins of 300,000 bushels each will result, in the words of directors, a considerable cash outlay by the Rothsay Farmers Co-op.
There is ongoing work in the adjacent bins (on transfer equipment) to allow commodities to be moved freely from site to site.
Construction crews for RR Contractors, Grand Forks, improved the rail spur to the new bins and elevator at Rothsay. Much of the old spur was dug up and replaced. Construction workers continued to make good progress on the bin expansion in July.
Air ventilators and grain transfer equipment were bolted in place on the roof of each bin. Then the nearly 100-foot-tall structures were ready to rise, skyward.
The co-op also operates an agronomy office in Barnesville where a new floater applicator is based. The floater has a GPS computer system to allow varying amounts of fertilizer to be applied over fields.
A new land roller also will be purchased. There will be two rollers at both the Rothsay and Barnesville sites.
Rothsay Farmers Cooperative also has an inventory of trucks, tractors, trailers, anhydrous ammonia handling equipment and other support systems.
In a promotional flyer, civic leaders and others composed a message that said, Thank you for your confidence and investment in Small Town America and the jobs that you bring. And thanks also for 106 years of continuous service to farmers in the Rothsay and Barnesville areas.