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Spring Readiness

While you are replacing cultivator shovels, changing oil on tractors, and replacing wear parts on planters, Valley United is busy getting ready for spring too.

It just looks a little bit different...

What are WE doing?
  • Well, we’re receiving the last of our corn seed. Most of our corn seed is grown on irrigation south of here to guarantee a strong supply.

  • We’re also receiving the last of our wheat seed. Most of our wheat seed is grown local. It goes through a cleaning and color sorting process to make sure it’s of the highest quality.

  • We’re moving seed treatment from our warehouse in Mayville to our agronomy facilities. Seed treatment is an important agronomic add-on due to our cold and wet spring soils.

  • We’re having our scales certified to ensure accuracy. We use scales at our dry fertilizer plants, our seed treating facilities, and when we repack and sell bulk chemicals.

  • We’re bringing in the last of the fertilizer. We receive fertilizers from a variety of sources to ensure an uninterrupted supply during peak seasons. This load came from the wholesale facility we are part owners in called Alton Agronomy.

  • We’re calibrating our liquid fertilizer facilities. Most growers use liquid “starter fertilizer” with corn, edible beans, and beets to give the seed a solid start. It gets it out of the ground quicker which is important in our climate.

  • We’re finalizing field plans in preparation for the busy spring application season. Meeting with growers before it gets busy cuts down on errors and helps create efficiency in season for our dispatchers.

Fall soil sampling leads to better fertilizer decisions next spring.

There’s no better time to pull soil samples than in the fall, right after harvest. Fields are clean and crews can work quickly. Applying lime, phosphorus and potassium in the fall can also help make sure you’re ready to plant again next spring.

The more we can get done in the fall, the happier I am going into winter. We want to be planting corn in late April, not waiting to spread fertilizer.
– John Wooster, Buxton


Grid soil sampling in the fall also gives growers and agronomists plenty of time to complete planting prescriptions for every acre, including corn hybrid or soybean variety selection, plant populations, variable rate nitrogen application, micro nutrients and more.


Higher storage capacity at Valley United.

Valley United’s combined facilities at Reynolds, Buxton, Halstad and Alton provides area farmers with more grain storage and delivery options.

Grain Facilities

Our Reynolds and Buxton locations combined offer nearly three million bushels of grain storage capacity.  We also have direct shipments to the Alton Grain terminal and our Halstad location. 

Grain Marketing

The grain marketing team at Valley United is affiliated with CHS Hedging. We can help you put together a marketing plan to take some of the risk out of your annual grain sales, while leaving open the possibility of selling grain when cash prices are rising. Call or stop by our Buxton or Reynold’s offices.  

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