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Root River Ag improving their Wykoff facility

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
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The Root River Ag building in Wykoff will undergo remodeling this year. Photo by Jade Wangen

Root River Ag Service in Lanesboro was started by Jeff Redalen in 2009. Redalen bought the Lanesboro Ag Service building and started his own company. That year, Root River Ag also bought a building in Wykoff.

According to Jeff's brother, Steve Redalen, there are plans underway to do some remodeling at the Wykoff site.

"We're improving our facilities, making them safer for workers, and more efficient for operations," said Redalen.

Redalen works with his brother at Root River Ag in agronomy and sales. Their brother The team works together, along with their other brother Justin, in both Lanesboro and Wykoff selling feed and seed to farmers. They Wykoff location is primarily for the fertilizer part of the business.

"What's going on in our plant right now is we are putting in a conveyor for the semis, and expanding our presence over there," said Redalen. "Wykoff is a good place for us."

Redalen recommends fertilizers for farmers and helps them with plant growth and health, as well as weed control. He has a degree in Economics with a minor in agronomy from the University of Minnesota.

The brothers grew up on a farm, and they have years of experience and education behind what they do. "Jeff has been in many different organizations, too. He has managed many coops in the area," said Redalen. "He has probably been in every acre in the county."

Root River Ag is a full service feed company. According to Redalen, they do custom mixes, bulk delivery, and sell alfalfa and oats, among other things. He explained their feed supplier, Big Gain, has a wonderful feeding program for raising baby calves. He said they have found that if you double a calf's weight in the first eight weeks of life, they will produce anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 pounds more milk in their first lactation.

"That's exciting stuff," said Redalen. "That's the kind of stuff we need, better animal care, better health. It all goes hand in hand."

The remodeling in Wykoff will be extensive, but Redalen said it will look nicer, and be so much more efficient than it is now. "That's what we're excited about," he added.

Down the road they may consider seed service from the Wykoff site, but right now it will just be fertilizer. They are committed to staying in Wykoff for the long haul, and are glad they have a presence there.

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