Crescent City Equipped for Growth
Since I joined the Crescent City staff in 1994, we’ve worked to steadily improve our facilities and provide a high level of service to our customers. As the newest United Prairie location, I’m confident that will continue to be our focus.
For those who may not be familiar with our location, here is a little background. Traditionally, our business has had both a wholesale and a retail component. Our most visible facilities are our 28,000-ton dry fertilizer warehouse and three-million-gallon UAN tank. Both are served by rail via a company-owned side track. A portion of both our dry and liquid storage capacity is contracted by CHS to supply other retailers.
We also have a full-service retail plant adjoining the wholesale plant, offering dry fertilizer with blending capabilities, and 60,000 gallons of anhydrous storage. A full array of fertilizer (dry and liquid fertilizer, lime, variable-rate, anhydrous, strip till) and crop protection application services are available.
Our location was most recently partnered with Elburn Coop. When they became a CHS location on March 1, we became part of United Prairie. As far as our customers were concerned, the transition was seamless, apart from the stickers on the doors. Geographically, United Prairie is closer to us, which will make it possible to efficiently share equipment and manpower when conditions warrant.
United Prairie has already been able to integrate our growers into their Innovation Farm research program, and several of our producers became cooperators and had side-by-side trials on their farms. We have a more diverse mix of soil types in our area, so this has already been a good learning experience for all of us. We’re looking forward to the data that will be collected and shared with our producers once the plots are harvested.
I believe our facility at Crescent City is well positioned to support growth in our area, and we’re excited to see what the future holds as part of United Prairie.