Louis Dreyfus_truck unloading grain_BlagadaRniy Russia_Photo courtesy of Louis Dreyfus_Mark Wilson
A truck unloads grain at  one of LDC's facilities in BlagadaRniy, Russia.
Photo courtesy of Louis Dreyfus Company/ by Mark Wilson.
WILTON, CONNECTICUT, U.S. — Louis Dreyfus Company LLC (LDC) inaugurated its truck-to-barge facility in West Memphis, Arkansas, U.S. This new 800,000-bushel terminal on the Mississippi River is operational, receiving, storing and shipping corn and soybeans along with other agricultural products grown in the region.

The new truck-barge-vessel transport system is an addition to the origination network for LDC’s export facility in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.

The complex comprises four slipform concrete bins and a 500,000-bushel steel bin for storage along with a 12,000-bph dryer. The elevator is connected to the barge-loading station via an overhead 60,000-bph covered belt conveyor running almost 3,000 feet out to the water’s edge. The four truck dumps along with a truck automation system provide the local producer with a quick turnaround time within the facility.

LDC said the facility’s location on the west side of the Mississippi river levee, guarantees adequate protection from flooding. It also will allow the group to add rail services in the future.

The new West Memphis terminal is a delivery point for crops grown around the mid-Delta region.

“We chose to invest in West Memphis because we believe in what this area can produce,” said Sean Doyle, regional head of oilseeds for North America at Louis Dreyfus Co. “The best-in-class technology we have here allows us to serve our customers the best way possible. We would like to thank the people of West Memphis, of Crittenden County, and their official representatives for their support in making this project a reality.”

With this additional facility, Louis Dreyfus Co. now manages four river terminals on the Mississippi River. The West Memphis site is similar to the Rosedale terminal that LDC opened in 2014. According to the 2017 Grain & Milling Annual, Louis Dreyfus’ total grain storage in North America amounts to 55.4 million bushels.