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Fertilizer Hub Offers Convenience for Farmers in Northern Indiana

Fertilizer Hub Offers Convenience for Farmers in Northern Indiana
Co-Alliance's new fertilizer hub is already under construction in northwest Indiana

If you deal with Co-Alliance, the large cooperative with member cooperatives, most operating in Indiana and some spillover into Michigan and Ohio, you may have heart of their unique fertilizer hub at Scircleville in north central Indiana. Two people can operate the highly automated fertilizer storage facility, which is designed to warehouse fertilizer for local co-ops in the system. This helps guarantee the supply for farmers when they need fertilizer.

Rising from the dirt: This fertilizer hub to be owned and operated by Co-Alliance is being built near Union Mills.

Now Co-Alliance is taking the same concept to LaPorte County. Already underway for seven weeks, a hub facility is under construction near Union Mills. The $5.2 million investment will include a 21,000 ton warehouse, and 800-ton per hour rail dump pit for fertilizer and a 250 ton per hour blend system for loading out trucks.

The new facility when completed will have capacity for both phosphorus fertilizer and potash. That will help ensure that when product is needed for the field, it will be only a short drive away, officials of Co-Alliance say.

Mark Baldwin, Co-Alliance Agronomy vice-president, says the facility should be operation this fall to assist with distributing fertilizer for after-harvest applications. Construction is supposed to wrap up by October 2013.

Leader of Co-Alliance, Kevin Stihl, says the first facility in Clinton County helped spur growth for the company in that area, and they're hoping this project, construction of a similar facility in a different area, will do the same. What it does is make availability of fertilizer a reality because of the large storage capacity within the plant.

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