CHS Dakota Plains Ag opens grain, fertilizer facility

by Holly Demaree
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The Gwinner, North Dakota, U.S., grain shuttle loading facility has 2.4 million bushel storage capacity.
 
GWINNER, NORTH DAKOTA, U.S. — CHS Dakota Plains Ag officially opened its new 196 acre campus in Gwinner, North Dakota, U.S., on Sept. 19. The grain shuttle loading facility has 2.4 million bushel storage capacity, a 27,000-tonne dry fertilizer hub plant, a 1,200 tonne per hour receiving system, and access to the Red River Valley & Western’s locomotive.

CHS Dakota Plains Ag serves the agronomy, energy, feed and grain needs for producers in 24 communities across southeastern North Dakota, U.S.

Dennis Novacek, general manager for CHS Dakota Plains Ag, said he appreciated the confidence CHS Inc. showed in the local producer board and staff by approving this significant local investment.

“The due diligence and attention to detail that goes into a project like this is a great example of how seriously we take our responsibility to be good stewards of this cooperative on behalf of generations to come,” Novacek said.

The campus also includes a fertilizer plant that offers a 1,200 tonne per hour receiving system with 250 tonne tower and dual 18 tonne weigh hoppers and blenders. The campus includes a 11,500+ loop track with an internal 3,800 foot spur track that allows the facility to load 25 car sets from the Red River Valley and Western railroad directly into BNSF shuttle trains.

“We are looking forward to pulling many trains of fertilizer in and loading many cars of grain out,” said Nate Asplund, president of the Red River Valley & Western Railroad.

CHS Inc. is a global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the U.S. The company supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain marketing services, animal feed, food and food ingredients, along with business solutions including insurance, financial and risk management services. 
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