Hoopeston, Danvers Highlight a Successful Year
We are very proud that another strong year for United Prairie has drawn to a close. We are thankful for all of the faith and trust our growers place in us. We work hard every day to exceed your expectations.
There are many exciting things happening within United Prairie. The construction of our new facility in Hoopeston is certainly at the top of the list. The ammonia plant is complete and ready for fall. The rest of the facility is right on schedule and should be fully functional this winter.
We are also making numerous improvements to our existing facilities and equipment. We are proud to have the best people in the industry working with the most up-to-date equipment to serve your farm. It’s a great combination.
We also just wrapped up our first year working with the great people in Danvers. Overall, it went very well. We also know we can do better. Continual improvement of our level of service is in our plan for year two. One of our new Air Max twin bin dry fertilizer spreaders was recently delivered to the Danvers location. Spreading fertilizer with an air flow unit is far superior to the old method of spinning it on. We are thrilled to bring this upgrade in service to the area.
Operationally, the dicamba situation was improved over 2017, but we are still dealing with the issues presented when using that chemistry. We know this is being carefully monitored by the regulatory agencies, so we’ll wait to see what the final assessment of 2018 is. As we move into 2019, it will also be interesting to gauge the impact of major industry consolidations in the past year.
As I conclude, I would like to acknowledge the contributions Roger Miller made to our growth as one of the founders of United Prairie. We will miss his presence on the board and his leadership. Words can’t really express how big an impact Roger had over the years and how thankful we are for all that he has done for us.
I will wrap up by saying thank you again to all of our customers. You are our owners and your patronage will never be taken for granted. We are always looking to improve. Please do not hesitate to let us know if you see an area where we can do better. Also, I would like to give a huge thank you to all of our dedicated employees and their families. It is humbling to lead such a great group of people. Have a safe and prosperous fall.