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Wheat Growers purchases Kimball fertilizer plant

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KIMBALL — Aberdeen-based South Dakota Wheat Growers announced Tuesday it has purchased the 40,000 ton dry fertilizer plant in Kimball.

The fertilizer plant was previously owned by Gavilon Fertilizer, LLC, based in Omaha, Nebraska, which will continue to own and operate the adjacent 2.2 million bushel grain elevator.

With Wheat Growers’ purchase of the fertilizer plant, the Kimball plant became the largest capacity dry fertilizer plant in the Wheat Growers cooperative, which previously owned six plants located in Bath, Huron, Kennebec, McLaughlin, Oakes and Wolsey.

“As we anticipate becoming a new cooperative on February 1, the addition of this state-of-the-art fertilizer plant allows us to very efficiently provide fertilizer to our farmers,” said Wheat Growers CEO Chris Pearson in a press release. “It also opens the door to new opportunities in our south region, by significantly increasing our storage capacity and expanding product availability to producers along the I-90 corridor. This will be key for our producers in that region.”