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Project to double unloading speed for Farmers Co-op

An updated grain handling system that will become operational this month will make a big difference for Farmers Co-op Elevator Association.

The improvements are coming just in time.

Hockley County – and the area – are poised for what could be a large grain sorghum crop this fall.

‘It could be one of the largest ones we’ve had,’ said Dean Sasser, general manager of the co-op.

‘It depends on the weather.’

Last year, the cooperative handled about 1.8 million bushels of grain sorghum at its facilities in Levelland, Littlefield and Enochs.

‘This could be five million plus (bushels),’ Sasser said.

To prepare for a larger harvest, Farmers Elevator is replacing three ‘elevator legs’ with a system that should maore than double its hourly carrying capacity.

A company called Top of Texas out of Hereford is handling the $750,000 project.

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