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Doing your own fertilizer?

We farm about 1,100 acres of corn and soybeans and we buy our fertilizer from the local co-op and have it spread by them. I was looking at buying a tow behind spreader and meridian fertilizer hoppers. Would it be a good return on investment to spread our own? What are good spreaders? Any other options to hold fertilizer?

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Verified FBN Member (IL)

We sell Farmer Direct Fertilizer to our customers in Southern Illinois. We are close enough to the river where this market is continuing to...

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Verified FBN Member (KS)

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We do the same thing in Eastern Kansas, distribute fertilizer from the Oklahoma Port. I agree 100% with with what ***** said. Sometimes th...

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Verified FBN Member (OH)

*** makes a Great Spreader. Make sure you get a wide conveyor chain so you can spread Gyupsum and lime . Hydraulic drive so you can variable...

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Verified FBN Member (NE)

Our local coop charges about $6/acre to spread pre plant. You can get an 8ton spreader paid for pretty quick on 1100 acres at that price, E...

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Verified FBN Member (OH)

Yes just like I said . You may already have the box to run it . When you go with a spreader that will run down the row they are usually ta...

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Verified FBN Member (SD)

Right now their is no premium from urea to 32%. If you have a sprayer run your nitrogen with that. If you are talking P and K I like to run ...

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Verified FBN Member (SD)

There are lots of things to consider. What fertilizer types do you use, dry or liquid, or anhydrous too? A big issue that comes into play ...

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Verified FBN Member (KS)

We do our own fertilizer. I call all the local dealers and see what price I can get. There’s been times that they send semi trucks to our pl...

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Verified FBN Member (KS)

I call all the brokers and get the best price. Then take that price to my coop and they will make me a deal and I get to use their spreader ...

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Verified FBN Member (IN)

Spreading your own fertilizer is one way to drive cost savings,. It's a great idea and I'm surprised more operations aren't doing it. We bo...

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Verified FBN Member (IA)

What kind of conveyor are good quality and versatile?

Verified FBN Member (OR)

If you are doing liquid then it’s an no brainer in my opinion/ our area. Being able to hedge or pre buy. On 2000 acres we were able to equip...

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Verified FBN Member (WI)

For me it was over $100 per ton savings every time I priced it out. I did wait until the river broker put in a blender to try it, wish I ha...

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Verified FBN Member (AB, CAN)

I always say "Do it yourself, then if something goes wrong at least you will know that and learn from it" Most of us are hoping to farm here...

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Verified FBN Member (ND)

been trying to get FBN to be a broker for fertilizer. seems like this would be a good fit.

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Verified FBN Member (AR)

Why would you not spread your own if you only have 1,100 acres? Most co-ops will lend you a spreader buggy free of charge.

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Verified FBN Member (ND)

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Most co-ops are not that generous. Ours charged 4/ ac. to rent there spreaders and 6 to float it on.

Verified FBN Member (WI)

ADM sells direct to farmers and most retailers around here have a direct ship price and a retail price. Usually when I sold direct ship I ma...

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Verified FBN Member (ND)

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ADM doesn't offer that in every state or that is what they told me. My local coop will direct ship but the savings isn't enough to build th...

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Verified FBN Member (MO)

We have a Chandler all hyd drive buggy we do 2800 acres with and a conveyor to unload it of of semis

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