New Minnesota Ag Co-Ops Offer High-Capacity Fertilizer Operations

Two new agricultural co-op facilities have begun operations in Minnesota, featuring high-capacity dry fertilizer systems with greater speed and efficiency in serving their farmer members. The facilities at Farmer’s Co-op Oil (top) and Meadowland Farmers Coop feature the latest dry fertilizer handling equipment from GSI InterSystems. The new Farmer’s Co-op Oil is located on a 17-acre tract in Clara City, replacing an older facility across from its present site. It provides agronomy as well as energy products, including propane, lube oil, and bulk tractor fuel. Located about 60 miles away is a new Meadowland Farmers Coop operation in Russell, offering agronomy, feed and energy products for farmers in parts of southwest Minnesota and eastern South Dakota. It was built after Meadowland purchased the assets of Southwestern Minnesota Dairy in 2017. Both facilities feature the latest dry fertilizer handling equipment from GSI InterSystems, a brand of AGCO. Included is an advanced blending tower that offers nearly double the speed of standard blending towers currently used in the industry. The tower has stainless steel bins at the top that offer 250 tons of total capacity, holding mult...

Solving Two Major Problems Plaguing Africa; Commercial Organic Fertilizers From Urban Organic Wastes

Africa, the infamous house for subsistence and middle size farming, is experiencing a challenge that modern solutions seem to ignore. The lack of affordable fertilizer for small and middle size farmers denies them economic gains from their farms especially after spending on chemical fertilizers. The problem is compounded by lack of commitment from governments which do not compel fertilizer manufacturers to come up with affordable solutions for farmers. Some governments offer fertilizer subsidies to small scale farmers but this assistance is not reliable, and only less than 20% of needy farmers access such aid yearly. The influence that large farms have over crop markets has paved the way for expensive chemical fertilizers to dominate the markets and suppressed the efforts of small and middle size farmers who opt to cultivate without applying fertilizers on their farms. At the same time, the problem of garbage neutralization in urban cities is growing more complex because land is continuously acquired to expand landfills. Farmers in South Africa are classified into subsistence and commercial farmers; the latter being white farmers mostly. According to a 2016 Land Bank report, an ...