Work on a high-throughput fertilizer terminal by the town of Hanley is beginning to take serious shape, and officials with the Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) are pleased with the progress on both the local terminal and the similar facility being built in Brandon, Manitoba.
The plans for these state-of-the-art facilities were announced early last year, with work beginning in the early summer. Once operational, FCL says that each terminal will be able to load a super B trailer of blended fertilizer in ten minutes, as well as dispense up to 400 metric tonnes of straight fertilizer in an hour.
“Co-op’s new fertilizer terminals are a major investment in Western Canada that will yield results for farmers,” said Dan Mulder, Director Fertilizer with FCL in a released statement, which will warehouse, blend and distribute a full suite of crop nutrition products throughout the CRS.
At the moment, there are 64 out of 120 Co-op Agro Centre locations across Western Canada that sells fertilizer. It’s expected that once the Hanley terminal is online, as well as the Brandon facility, many more Co-op Agro Centre locations are expected to add fertilizer to their farm product offering.
“With the addition of fertilizer, Co-op Agro Centres will offer a comprehensive suite of products to grow, fuel, equip, build and feed farms,” said Mulder.
The $75 million fertilizer terminal project is currently on schedule, and Co-op officials say that both terminals are expected to open in late spring of this year.