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$2.5 million storage plant close to finish

All Points facility will stock dry fertilizer in new building

More efficiency and better service is what All Points Cooperative hopes to offer patrons after a $2.5 million dry fertilizer storage plant is completed in March.

Gregg Anderson, Gothenburg agronomy location manager, said Monday the cavernous 24,552 square-foot building is nearly finished.

Equipment is expected to be installed March 7 with the facility fully operational by March 15.

Unlike a portion of the old storage facility, which stored about 800 tons of dry fertilizer, Anderson said the new building has room for 6,500 tons plus another 1,200 tons of capacity in part of the old building that was not demolished.

The new facility is also fully automated, with equipment to reduce loading and unloading time substantially, and an elevated control office.

Anderson said loading fertilizer into semi-tractor trailer trucks to take to fields used to take an hour to complete.

“Now we’ll be able to load a 25-ton semi in 15 minutes,” he said.

That means faster trips to fields, where fertilizer is applied, and back to the facility for more.

A receiving leg will take about 200 tons (or eight semi loads) of product an hour into the building.

Another leg, attached to a tank with nine compartments for different kinds of fertilizer, can take product in and out of the building.

Fertilizer can also be dispensed, from the tank, into two blenders that mix the correct formula for a farmer’s fields.

All Points invested in the new building and equipment because Anderson said they needed more storage to take advantage of less expensive prices at certain times of the year.

For example, he said fertilizer prices during planting season are at a premium compared to late summer when costs drop.

Anderson said many ag producers use both liquid and dry fertilizer (All Points offers both) but dry fertilizer is often less expensive under normal conditions.

Much of the old dry storage building was demolished last September and work started on the new facility in November.

Stueve Construction, from Algona, IA, is building the plant.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better winter, for construction,” Anderson said.

He noted that the new storage facility will also benefit the cooperative’s outlying facilities throughout central Nebraska.

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