Herreid fertilizer plant work underway

Farm Forum

Ground has been broken and concrete is being poured for a new Performance Agriculture fertilizer plant near Herreid.

It will create about eight jobs and give farmers in the area some cost savings, according to a news release.

Greg Volk, location manager with Performance Ag, said the new business will be a full-service agronomy facility with “more storage than the whole county has currently.”

It will be able to store more than 5,000 tons of dry fertilizer as well as liquid fertilizer, both with blending capabilities.

In addition to the plant, the 10 acres purchased by Performance Ag will include a 9,600-square-foot chemical and seed warehouse, feed tanks, a truck scale and an 1,800-square-foot office, Volk said.

Construction is going as planned.

“They’ll be pouring concrete through November,” said Lane Mielke, Performance Ag district sales manager.

As long as Mother Nature cooperates, the project has a March completion date, he said, and the plant should be fully operational by April 1.

Andrew Van Kuren, Campbell County economic development coordinator, said from an economic standpoint, the new location will get products and services closer to the company’s customers, which meansdecreased transportation costs.

It also creates more of a competitive market in the area, he said. The acreage is about 1 mile north of Herreid, according to the release. North Central Farmers Elevator has a location south of Herreid.

The facility will also service the surrounding area, as will Performance Ag’s location in Wishek, N.D. And it will help provide products for Performance Ag sites in Aberdeen and Roscoe.

The Herreid Area Housing Development is looking at buying some lots and building spec houses so the eight employees have somewhere to live. Volk, for example, currently lives in North Dakota, but will relocate to Herreid, his hometown.

“I started there. I made my circle, and now I gotta go back,” Volk said.

Performance Ag chose Herreid because there’s been a limited amount of new construction for fertilizer and chemicals in that part of South Dakota, Mielke said.

“We viewed it as an opportunity to grow our business in an area where we weren’t,” he said.

Feedback from area farmers and the local community has been good, he said.

“The biggest question is are we going to be ready for spring,” he said. “And we will.”

Pinnacle Agriculture acquired Performance Ag in 2014. Performance Ag was started in Aberdeen in 2003.

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