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CPS of Harmony has reasons to celebrate

Mon, Sep 5th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Agriculture

CPS Manager Chad Phillips (left) and Keith Haugen stand in front of the new dry fertilizer building in Harmony, Minn. Photo by Barb Jeffers

Crop Production Services of Harmony, Minn., is close to having their new building which will store and mix dry fertilizer complete. This is reason enough for the company and its employees to celebrate, which is why they will be hosting an open house, but the business will also recognize local heroes in September, as well.

The new building on the site of CPS was in the initial planning phase in the winter of 2015, with construction getting underway in the spring of 2016. With only a few minor details remaining the building “should be done by September 15, 2016,” states CPS manager Chad Phillips.

A new building was needed to increase efficiency, as the existing building used for dry fertilizer had “run its course,” says Phillips, adding, “it was time” to upgrade to a larger, more modern building which will also result in improved customer service.

The new building is 220 x 180 feet and holds 10,000 tons of fertilizer. Some of the features of the new building include larger capacity, natural lighting, LED lighting, and in-floor heat. Phillips notes that the in-floor heat “helps keep the building clean,” as the floor will not be wet so clean up of dry fertilizer will be much easier.

In one end of the building is the enclosed dry fertilizer receiving bay. From there, the fertilizer is sent by conveyor to be dropped into large bins for storage and to keep different fertilizers separate. The other end of the building is where the fertilizer is loaded for customers, which is also enclosed.

Phillips explains how the metered control system works, saying, “This system coordinates - each bin is a different fertilizer - with the control system it meters out,” giving an example, stating, “for a particular field if we need 1,000 lb of this product, 800 lb of another, and 2,000 of another, it will meter itself out so by the time it goes in the truck it’s all weighed up and ready to go” so drivers can just pull under the conveyor.

Increased efficiency is the highlight of the new building as, “We went from taking a half hour to 45 minutes to unload an incoming semi to less than 10 minutes to unload,” states Phillips.

“Customers are excited, especially because it will increase our efficiencies,” comments Phillips saying, “it’s a big deal” to our employees and our customers.

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Multi-species cover crop field day near Harmony

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Agriculture

The benefits of cover crops are becoming more apparent as more farmers use them. A field day will be held Saturday, September 28 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Jim Love farm west of Harmony, Minn. (13748 201st Ave., Preston, Minn.) to discuss these man ..... 
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34th Annual MN IA State Line Plowing Association Field Day

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Agriculture

The 34th Annual MN IA Stateline Horse Plowing Association Field Day will be held Saturday, September 21 on the Mike Mueller farm rain or shine! There will be plowing, disking and dragging with horses and mules. The Mueller farm is located 12 mi. wes ..... 
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Winter Rye Field Day March 16 in SE Minnesota

Thu, Feb 28th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Agriculture

HARMONY, Minn. -- What to do with winter rye as the planting season approaches is the topic of a short field day Saturday, March 16, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the hog farm of Travis Willford southeast of Harmony. The event is free, though an RSVP ..... 
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