We envision continued growth in capacity, capabilities and reach, for both our business and our growers. Since Agspring formed Big River Rice and Grain in 2013, we’ve tackled a number of substantial infrastructure projects to upgrade the efficiency and convenience of our facilities for our growers, customers and vendors.
We’re seeing results and sharing success stories. Take Lake Providence, for example. In 2014, key needs to the Lake Providence facility were identified and acted upon.
- Four high-capacity truck pits
- 10,000 BPH tower dryer
- Four 60,000-bushel hopper tanks
- 250,000-bushel storage tank
- Two truck scales
- Hydraulic probes
- Automatic belt sampler for barges
As of today, the result of these improvements has been a gain of 12.5 million bushels loaded on the water this year, an increase of 167 percent. This is the equivalent of more than 10,000 truckloads for export directly attributable to our infrastructure improvements.
As far as the environment is concerned, using barges instead of trucks resulted in a projected savings of more than 647,000 gallons of diesel fuel and more than 14 million tons of GHG emissions.*
For producers, the addition of truck scales reduced the average wait time by 90 minutes. But this benefit also extends to the environment. The average 16-wheel truck burns 4/5 gallons per hour while its engine idles. With an annual fuel savings of about 72 gallons, CO2, N2O, CH4 and total CO2 emissions were reduced by less than one metric ton. Air pollutants SO2 and NOx were also reduced by less than one metric ton each. When you multiply that reduction by the number of truckloads replaced by barge, the magnitude of the impact becomes greater.
To see more information on current diesel prices and how they impact producers, visit the U.S. Energy Administration Emission update: https://www.eia.gov/petroleum/gasdiesel/ We’re proud to not only improve customer service but also greatly impact the environment in a positive way.
Big River is currently making additional upgrades to the Lake Providence barge-loading belt with a June completion date in mind. The updates include:
- Increasing the barge-loading belt speed from 30,000 bushels per hour to 50,000 bushels per hour, nearly doubling barge-loading capacity
- Replacing the barge-loading downspout with new mechanical downspout, also increasing barge-loading efficiency
- Purchasing a new small “push” boat to move barges in and out of the downspout, helping to reduce switch times in between barges during harvest
To learn more about Big River and what we can do for you, visit our website: http://bigriverriceandgrain.com.
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Protecting Against Aflatoxin
Big River Rice and Grain is committed to supplying reliable high-quality product to downstream customers while supporting local grower needs. If you are a grower looking for crop protection, consider our Afla Guard rebate program.
Aflatoxin, a toxin produced by an Aspergillus mold fungus when it infects the corn ear, is seen most often when the crop is exposed to stress of various forms. A level of 20 ppb in corn is the maximum level allowed in interstate or export commerce. Afla Guard is the only product currently on the market that has been shown to significantly reduce aflatoxin levels in the corn crop. Big River Rice will pay a 3 cent per bushel rebate to producers who use Afla Guard to protect their crop. It is verified by production and application records.
This program has helped reduce the incidence of contamination at our port. At Big River, we strongly believe that giving the market a consistent high-quality product will pay dividends in both price and reputation for Big River and the producer.
Big River Hires Steven Austin as New Crowville Facilities Manager
Steven Austin joins the Big River team as the new Crowville facilities manager. Austin has an extensive background in the agricultural industry, which includes operations and facilities management. Prior to joining Big River, he was the operations manager for Crop Production Services. He’s facilitated fertilizer, chemical and seed acquisition for resale. He also brings significant experience in logistics coordination, customer relations and safety training. For the full list of Big River facility locations, visit http://bigriverriceandgrain.com/locations.