P+H bulking up on fertilizer in southeastern Saskatchewan

Winnipeg grain company Parrish and Heimbecker has started construction work to further boost its crop input retail profile in southeastern Saskatchewan.

The company, in an online newsletter released this week, said it has fast-tracked work on a new 1,800-tonne capacity liquid fertilizer blend plant at Moosomin, Sask., to accompany a 16,000-tonne capacity dry fertilizer storage site under construction there since this spring.

Concrete has been poured for the dry fertilizer site while ground work and road work are done and berms are under construction for the liquid fertilizer site, Justin Watson, the company’s director for crop nutrients, said Friday.

The liquid plant is expected to be completed by the end of November, with the dry bulk site — originally the first phase of the input retail development — to follow by March next year, he said.

Where P+H previously “dabbled” in the retail fertilizer business, it began to build more aggressively on the Prairies in the past year and a half, he said in the company newsletter.

For examples, Watson noted new sheds at Hamlin, Quill Lake and Biggar, Sask. and Gladstone, Man., a site near Lethbridge similar to what’s planned for Moosomin, and capacity expansion work at its Moose Jaw terminal.

“We’ve been in the grain business for 107 years, and as an organization we want to really round ourselves out,” he said.

Eastern Saskatchewan, he added, is “a very strong liquid fertilizer market… Customer feedback was very positive on the phase 1 dry fertilizer shed but many customers came back and asked how long till we build a liquid fertilizer plant.”

Watson described the planned Moosomin plant as “a first-class facility, attached to rail, with very high-speed load out capabilities.” Approvals are in place for six liquid tanks at the site, and the surrounding berm is designed for expansions over time, he added.

Prairie farms, he said in the newsletter, “are getting bigger across Western Canada every year. And going in and building facilities that are going to be ready for their size of production four or five years from now is really what we’re trying to accomplish with projects like this.” — AGCanada.com Network

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