CHS has announced plans to build a new 24,000-ton fertilizer facility at its Langdon, ND, location, as part of its Country Operations retail division. This expansion is meant to broaden both supply and services to growers in Cavalier County, providing much-needed speed and space to meet growing demand.
By Melissa Anderson
“This will benefit CHS as it is an investment for our owners. Business will be busy at CHS Langdon, but it will be seasonal with the biggest impacts occurring during the spring and fall,” Mark Greicar, CHS general manager, said.
Within the Devils Lake-Milton business unit, Greicar said that 90,000 tons of fertilizer is handled. CHS provides popular dry fertilizer options to the northeastern area through Milton with a hub location in Calvin. Those two locations, however, have been operating at full capacity the past several years. Much like what will happen in Langdon, the fertilizer is transported by rail to Milton where approximately 18,000 tons can be held. The hub in Calvin receives its fertilizer supply via truck from Milton.
“These locations will still be serving as they have in the past,” Greicar stated.
The new dry fertilizer facility in Langdon will include two 16-ton blenders, five big bins and four micro-bins. When finished, the state-of-the-art hub plant will provide 1,200 per ton per hour unloading.
Access to the BNSF via the existing CHS loop track at Langdon takes full advantage of the CHS integrated supply chain and position as a leading crop nutrients wholesale distributor in North America ensuring area producers have the product they need when they need it.
“This investment, on behalf of our farmer-owners, helps ensure we continue to drive value for them and their farms,” said Greicar. “We’re proud to be able to grow our operations to meet our patrons’ growing needs.”
Over the past few years, the growing problem that producers encountered was the inability to get the fertilizer they needed because of lack of transportation. With this new hub, CHS hopes to alleviate, if not completely remove, that issue for this area.
CHS expects to break ground as soon as weather permits this spring. Construction will continue through the summer with CHS planning to have the first delivery of fertilizer to be stored in January 2020 for the spring planting needs of that year.