This year, management decided to allow farmers with semi trucks to haul to the terminal, vastly reducing the amount of grain that Ritzville Warehouse has to transfer themselves. This only works for farmers that are in a relatively close proximity to the Terminal.
We were able to haul our spring wheat crop to the Terminal, but not our winter wheat crop. Good news for us, our winter wheat was yielding too much grain for us to get back to the field in time, without making the combines wait. Our little Tokio warehouse is closer to our fields. The spring wheat yields are not as good, so we are able to get to the Terminal and back, though we still have little down time from our furthest field.
Here are a few photos of what the Terminal looks like!
|Every truck has one of these card readers that an electronic eye ball reads as you drive on to the scale.|
|This is one of the screens that comes up. After this is, you enter the commodity that you are hauling (soft white wheat) and then the next screen is your farm number, then if spits out this ticket for you to give to the guy at the dump pit.|
|This is the ticket that it spits out.|
|Then there is a screen that tells you which pile to go to. This means ground pile number 6.|
|Here I am, emptying in to pit at ground pile number 6.|
|This belt take the grain to the top of the pile.|
|This pile is full. There's about 1 million bushels of grain per pile.|
|Now I'm finished unloading my truck and ready to go back for another.|
|Saturday there was a train that was waiting to unload. There are 100 grain cars in a unit train. This one is most likely bringing red wheat from Montana to store here until the price goes up a little more.|