Publications

Does Your Liquid Fertilizer Tank Need An API 653 Inspection?

It is that time of year again when most liquid fertilizer tanks are empty after the spring fertilizer season. This is the perfect time to have an API 653 inspection performed on your above ground storage tank. The question is whether your tank is in need of an inspection. No federal regulations exist as to… Read more »


Dangers of Vapors from Above Ground Storage Tanks

Deaths of oilfield workers over the years indicate there may be a safety gap when it comes to exposure to vapors in above ground storage tanks. Most recently, a 21 year-old worker was found dead on top of a steel storage tank. His job was to measure the oil level by dropping a rope down… Read more »


Liquid Fertilizer from Leftovers

Most of us are used to recycling cans and bottles by now. But two companies have developed successful technology to convert what would have been wasted food into liquid fertilizer. These technologies essentially recycle food. The Digester One of the companies is called California Safe Soil (CSS) and is located in Old Town Salinas, California…. Read more »


The Above Ground Storage Tank That Inspires Music

Well here’s an interesting story about an above ground storage tank that you don’t hear everyday. As reported by the Denver community paper Westword, an old tank in Rangely, Colo. is being used as a recording studio for music–and much more. History The tank was originally moved to Rangely in the 60s to store water… Read more »


PVC Liners as Secondary Containment; How It Works

When considering secondary containment systems for your API 650 above ground storage tanks, there is a range of options. To meet state requirements, most systems are designed to catch the liquid after it leaks from the tank, such as with dikes or double walled tanks. Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Secondary Containment Liners, on the other hand,… Read more »


Fertilizer Retailer Mergers Continue

Two mergers continue a recent trend of mergers and acquisitions in the fertilizer distribution/retailer market. In part, the trend result is the decreased number of companies controlling the flow of liquid fertilizer from the producers to above ground storage tanks to the end consumer, the grower. Farmers Cooperative Co and West Central Cooperative The first… Read more »


Fertilizer Waiting Game Could Cause Repeat Railroad Backlog

Growers and fertilizer retailers alike are sitting on the fence as to when to purchase their fertilizer product. One would be surprised at this simply looking at the market for both granulated and liquid fertilizer: supply is up, so the price is down. However, the fertilizer market alone does not predict how quickly retailers will… Read more »


API 650: The Best Way to Build an Above Ground Storage Tank

In today’s environment of safety consciousness and environmental concern, it would make sense that above ground storage tank owners would want assurances that their tanks are constructed in such a way that would prevent accidents and leaks. It would also make sense that state and local governments would want the same assurances. So when constructing… Read more »


Congratulations to The Andersons, ARA Retailer of 2015

Heartland Tank Services would like to extend their congratulations to The Andersons for being awarded the prestigious distinction of Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) Retailer of 2015. Bestowed upon The Andersons on Dec 2, 2015, the ARA Retailer of 2015 award was presented during the ARA Conference and Expo and given to Joe Hodges, Vice President… Read more »


Heartland Tank Companies Showcase API 650 Tanks and Services at Agricultural Trade Shows

Along with ringing in the New Year is the continuation of the agricultural conferences and trade shows throughout the country. Hosted by most state agribusiness associations, these conferences and shows host educational sessions and display the current and new products for the agriculture industry. Attending a local trade show is the best way for anyone… Read more »