Wheat Growers to build pair of new agronomy centers

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Spink County will soon be home to a pair of multimillion dollar Wheat Growers agronomy service centers, according to a news release from the cooperative.

The new centers, to be located in Mellette and Tulare, are expected to open sometime in March, according to the release.

“This will give us a greater opportunity to expand our chemical inventory, and our seed loading will be almost twice as fast,” Casey Buchholz, Wheat Growers’ Tulare location manager, said in the release. “Plus, our Tulare area member-owners will have more bulk seed choices. This new facility will also give us greater precision ag capabilities, including planter calibration and installation.”

During a phone interview Tuesday, Wheat Growers Senior Vice President of Agronomy Steve Briggs said the organization has outgrown its existing facilities in Mellette and Tulare.

“This allows us to offer more superior customer service at these locations,” Briggs said. “It’s going to give our customers better access and more storage capacity as well as improved seed and chemical handling. Both communities have been very supportive over the years and we owe this to our partners there.”

Briggs said the facilities will cost about $3 million each to build. Footings have been poured and concrete work has been completed at both locations, according to the release.

“It’s going to be the foundation of our expanding agronomy business, where our customers can come to one place and get everything they need,” Robby Geuther, Wheat Growers’ Mellette location manager, said in the release. “There will be more bulk chemical on hand as well as added bulk seed tanks. We’ll have a lot more products readily available that we’ll be able to store and have on hand.”

The new center in Mellette will have the location’s office, seed and chemical handling all under one roof, replacing the three separate locations that currently exist, according to the release.

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