Grain elevator construction around the clock

Published On: Apr 17 2014 10:33:10 PM CDT
CANTON, Kan. -

Along Highway 56 east of McPherson is something you don't see every day, and it's growing by a foot every hour.

"I've never seen anything like it," Moundridge resident Richard Morgan says as he watches from his car.

Sightseers are just parking and marveling at the sight of a giant grain elevator appearing before their eyes.

"Just the size of it and the way it's all coming together--it's an amazing project!" Morgan adds.

Construction started Sunday, and it's reached 100 feet high.  It will be 131 feet by the time it's finished sometime late Friday or early Saturday.

This kind of construction requires the concrete to be poured continuously until it's finished.  A lot of the grain elevators you see along the Kansas countryside were built this way, but few of us were alive back when they were built.

"This is not a real common sight in this part of the world," Mid-Kansas Cooperative's Erik Lange says.  "Slip-form construction was very common in the 1950s and 1960s, but there have not been many slip-form grain elevators built in the last 20 or 30 years."

Mid-Kansas Cooperative is building the 1.2 million bushel elevator because more Kansas farmers are growing high-yield crops like corn and soybeans, requiring more storage space.

The elevator will also be attached to a rail like that will make it easy to export local grain to other states and countries. 

People in the McPherson area are hoping the towering new building will elevate the local agriculture economy to new heights.

The elevator will start accepting grain in September.