‘Big baggie’ to be tested Gavilon Grain

Enough wheat to make nearly 7 million loaves of bread is going to be vacuum packed in what amounts to a big baggie in a test by Gavilon Grain LLC at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa.
The bag — basically two tarpaulins, one beneath the grain and the other on top and then sealed together — is commonly used in Australia, the authority was told. It will be as long as a football field, 75 feet wide and 30 feet high or 675,000 cubic feet.
It will be able to hold 400,000 bushels of grain, enough to fill eight barges, 120 rail cars or 480 semi trailer trucks.
The company received a lease for an additional seven acres of land at the November meeting of the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority at $5,000 per acre annually.
The expansion came only two months after Gavilon expanded by leasing two acres in the same section south of the port grain elevator complex, which it operates.
As part of the lease agreement, the port authority will postpone rent for one year on the acre to be used for the experiment that eliminates spoiling.
More grain — 2.4 million tons at about 33 bushels per ton — than any other product was moved along the Arkansas Waterway than any other commodity in 2008, according to the Waterways Branch of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

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