RAKE, Iowa – A Winnebago County cooperative says it is ready for the harvest after an August explosion.
The blast at Landus Cooperative in Rake on August 19 injured two people and caused significant damage to the operation. Co-op officials announced Friday they are ready to receive grain and plan to offer as much storage space as 2017. It is expected that taking in wet corn will take longer than last season.
“We want to thank all of our farmers and neighbors for their concern for our team,” says Landus Cooperative location manager Steve Cook. “We recognize our incident in August is going to create some challenges for our growers this harvest season. We have a plan to serve you during harvest the best way we can.”
Landus Cooperative says the corn dryer in Rake should be available by mid-October and overall receiving speed could be up to 20% slower than 2017, depending on harvest moisture. There are currently no limits on corn moisture receiving.
The co-op will be open from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 to 4 pm on Sundays.
“Our employees, contractors, engineers and vendors worked many long hours to get us prepared to bring in both corn and beans,” added Cook. “We are working as quickly and safely as possible to get our speed and space back to your expectations. We appreciate your patience and look forward to continuing to serve you going forward.”
Landus Cooperative team says it is still determining the long-term plan for repairing the location.
“We are committed to Rake. It is a major rail loading hub for our company and an important asset for our growers and members,” explained Brett Bell, chief operating officer. “We will be providing a capital investment and repair plan to our Board of Directors in coming months for review and approval on behalf of our members.”
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