JACKSON CENTER — Since 1958, Bambauer Fertilizer & Seed Inc. has been a family owned and operated business, currently incorporating its fourth generation. With three retail locations in New Knoxville, Jackson Center and Pemberton, they are serving farmers in seven counties with approximately 40 employees.
From the beginning, Bambauer Fertilizer & Seed has seen a variety of changes in the agricultural industry. They have learned to grow and adapt to the opportunities that those changes have provided. In turn, they have been able to provide those same opportunities to the producers they service.
The year 2015 was a year unlike any other in terms of growth and opportunity. The Jackson Center location celebrated the completion of their new Dry Fertilizer Facility. Located south of Jackson Center on Wise Road, the 10,000 ton facility will be focused on better service to Bambauer’s customers.
“This expansion is an effort to improve our business and better serve our customers,” said Mitch Bambauer, manager of the Jackson Center location. “Our goal with this facility is to provide the best blended product and most complete coverage when adding fertilizer enhancements, while at the same time, increasing overall efficiency.”
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Expanding storage and rail capacity for better purchasing power as well as more efficient transfers to all Bambauer locations were additional goals of the project. A tower blend system that incorporates a state of the art High Intensity Mixer are additional features of this facility.
With application season getting more compressed each year, and new regulations limiting fertilizer applications, getting fertilizer to the fields on time is even more critical. Investing in technology and structures that will improve our ability to provide the highest quality products and service is important to our customer’s success.
Grain handling improvements also took priority at Bambauer Fertilizer and Seed. The New Knoxville location recently made upgrades to their facility completing a new grain leg, dryer and gain bin storage project in the spring of 2014, and in 2015 the deconstruction of a 67,000 bushel bin occurred to make way for a new 184,000 bushel bin.
The Pemberton location also underwent expansion as well, with the construction of a new grain storage project. The project included a 590,000 bushel grain bin, as well as increased drying capacity and a new leg for faster unloading times for customers.
With more grain capacity, Bambauer’s is the local go-to source to sell grain for area farmers.
In addition to facility upgrades, machinery for service is also continually upgraded with new high clearance sprayers and spreaders, tending equipment, and additional employees to ensure that the service work is done effectively and in a timely manner.
Research and innovation have always been fundamental components of Bambauer Feritlizer & Seed. 2015 marked the 8th year of their Research Center Plot in which third party trials are conducted by Buckeye Ag. Testing. With 20 acres devoted to testing, there are numerous trials going on at the Research Center. Trials include; starters, seed treatments, row width, nitrogen stabilizers, foliar fertilizer and fungicides. Additional insecticides, hybrids/varieties, innovative products, growth regulators, herbicides and Hi-yield systems trials area also tested each year. These trials confirm that the recommendations and products promoted by Bambauer Fertilizer and Seed will perform for area customers.
These new upgrades ensure Bambauer Fertilizer & Seed Inc. is able to support the advancing agronomic needs of area producers.
Find out more about Bambauer Fertilizer & Seed at www.bambauerfertilizer.com or follow them on Facebook or Twitter. They can also be reached at 888-MAX-CROP.