Big changes have taken place at the CHS liquid fertilizer plant, which is located northeast of Holyoke, CO. Originally built in 2000, the plant and its components were becoming obsolete and challenging to repair and operate. Thanks to countless hours from CHS employees, both local and some from South Dakota, the liquid plant underwent a complete upgrade to serve area growers in a more efficient manner.
Simply put, the liquid plant blends fertilizer for growers. Eighty-five percent of what leaves the plant goes straight to growers’ farms. The plant in NE Colorado serves as a hub to get product in and out. Bulk fertilizer comes in on a rail car and leaves via truck, blended to the farmer’s specifications and delivered to their farm. Deliveries stretch from SW Nebraska to western Logan County in Colorado, then south to Yuma County, Colorado.
The liquid plant renovation project began in December 2019, with the first load being hauled out from the new facility in April 2020. The updated liquid plant now boasts a new, fully automated system, new bulk storage tanks, re-routed piping to increase efficiency, upgraded pumps and a building to house micro-nutrients. Thanks to the fully automated system, farmers will be able to load fertilizer 24/7 from the plant. Currently, CHS employees are the only ones who can load at any time of day, but it is the goal to have the system set up by this fall for growers to load their own product at any time.
In addition to increasing efficiency of the liquid plant, the improvements will make CHS more competitive in the marketplace. Product can be sourced faster because bigger units can be taken in. The cost savings of buying large bulk units can be passed on to the grower. It is the goal of all involved with the project to continue growing the market in Colorado and SW Nebraska.