Co-Alliance and Harvest Land to Pursue Merger

Indiana-based agricultural cooperatives Co-Alliance, LLP and Harvest Land Cooperative announced on Thursday an agreement to pursue a merger.

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“This merger will offer exceptional opportunities to our farmer-owners in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Illinois. The expanded resources, more robust product line and extension of quality service will extend beyond what the two co-ops could offer individually. Together, we anticipate great success in cultivating opportunities for our members through this historic merger with the Co-Alliance team,” said Scott Logue, CEO of Harvest Land.

The merger would bring efficiencies to the agronomy, energy, grain, swine, and animal nutrition services of each company and is representative of the importance of scale in the cooperative model serving local farmers. “The opportunity to merge with Harvest Land brings both companies a chance to enhance their customer experience and meet the growing demands of the ever-changing agriculture industry.  We are excited to bring this powerful combination to our grower members,” added Kevin Still, CEO of Co-Alliance.

Due diligence will begin in the coming months with hope to complete the merger in 2021.

Co-Alliance and Harvest Land are already partnered on United Agronomy Services, LLP, a full-service agronomy retailer in Summitville, Indiana. This location is consistently a top performer for both parent companies.

Harvest Land Co-op is a local, farmer-owned cooperative, providing innovative agronomic and energy services in east central Indiana and southwest Ohio. Originally organized in the late 1920’s, they continue to specialize in providing farmers with the products and strategic opportunities they need to operate effectively and profitably. Their business is focused around four key areas for their members: agronomy, energy, grain and feed. Harvest Land works diligently to reduce risk for the sole operator, whether that be through fuel or propane contracting, grain marketing insight, crop protection products or providing a balanced diet for livestock.

Co-Alliance LLP is a member-owned supply and marketing operation delivering innovative solutions for farmer-members and customers across Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois specializing in agronomy, propane, fuels, grain, seed, hog production and feed. The customer-focused company strives to fulfill its collective mission to lead with people and technology, grow profitably, give back locally, and remember it is a cooperative.

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Southern Preble County No Longer without Life-Saving Equipment

This week Harvest Land donated a grain rescue tube to Gratis Fire Department, located in southern Preble County, Ohio.

The grain tube will be added to their rescue equipment, while a grant is in the works to get a grain vac to help remove grain from a person trapped inside a bin.

Lt. Bryan Bowling stated, “We hope we never have to use it, except during training exercises, but we are very grateful to receive this. Prior to the donation, the closest one was in Gasper Township, over 15 minutes away.”

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Pictured right to left: Nikki Bulach, Harvest Land Associate Risk Manager,  Lt. Bryan Bowling, head of technical rescue team, Assistant Chief Patrick Caplinger, Lt. Jason Vincent, and Captain Jim Kolonis. 

The Gratis Fire Department is an all-volunteer fire department, consisting of 45 volunteers from the local area. Within the fire department’s jurisdiction, there are approximately 50 grain bins, either privately owned or small businesses, with more grain storage being added.

To date, Harvest Land has donated nine grain rescue tubes and three rope rescue kits throughout our trade territory as part of our ongoing commitment to Cultivate Communities.

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Magnets in Grain Systems

All of Harvest Land’s grain locations have at least one magnet somewhere within the system. These magnets serve many purposes and they all include aspects of quality control. Harvest Land provides grain to locations such as Hills Pet Food and Provimi, who require us to have magnets to ensure the safety of their products for their consumers. 

Magnets also collect any pieces of metal (both large and small) that come through the grain dump. Trapping this metal before it runs through the whole system prevents things from being torn up from the sharp edges. It also prevents the pieces from entering the bins, where our employees could potentially hurt themselves during the bin clean out process.

These magnets are tested annually to make sure they pass the “pull test,” and are cleaned at least twice a year. 

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After cleaning dust off hardware.

Harvest Land is committed to providing quality products to supply the food chain, whether that be for pets or humans, and magnets help us tremendously with such a mission.

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Grain Rescue Tube Donation to Richmond Fire Department

Harvest Land Co-op recently learned of a lack of grain entrapment rescue equipment in the area, and on Monday, July 13 we met that need with a donation of a grain rescue tube to the Richmond Fire Department.

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 Pictured left to right are Lindsay Sankey, Harvest Land Communications Manager, Andrew Buckler, RFD Training Chief, Butch Shiebla, Harvest Land Hagerstown Ag Center Manager, Chris O’Neil, RFD Assistant Chief and Nikki Bulach, Harvest Land Associate Risk Manager.

Total grain engulfment takes a mere twenty seconds. Grain rescue tubes are designed for trench entrapment as well as grain rescue and extraction. The panels of the tube can be reversed to allow first responders to make a wall or a tube from the panels. The sleek finish allows the panels to slide easily into grain, removing the grain from around the victim to relieve pressure as quickly as possible.

There are more than 700 active farms in Wayne county according to the 2017 US Agriculture Census. While there are no farms in downtown Richmond, the Richmond Fire Department has the largest ladder trucks in the county, a trained rope rescue squad and often serves as a mutual aid department to rural fire departments.

In each local community, city and rural fire departments work together to respond with mutual aid. Each department cannot financially afford to be equipped for grain rescue, rope rescue kits, large ladder trucks, and beyond, so within a county, more than one department will respond and assist other departments with equipment and personnel as needed.

To date, Harvest Land has donated seven grain rescue tubes and three rope rescue kits throughout their trade territory, which stretches from Indianapolis east to Dayton, OH and Fort Wayne south to Cincinnati.

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“Harvest Land is committed to safety and ensuring that our first responders are equipped with the tools necessary to save a life if they get called out to a grain entrapment,” remarked Scott Logue, Harvest Land CEO. “Through education and training in many communities, we hope we can encourage local farmers to pause and recognize the many potential hazards of the agriculture profession and plan their work safely. When a grain entrapment call goes out in a community, someone’s parent, child, spouse or grandparent is in immediate and great danger.”

Grain entrapment deaths are preventable. In a 12-month period, two adult men and a child were lost due to grain entrapment in Harvest Land’s trade territory. As a company, we are committed to hosting trainings for fire departments, 4-H groups, and local FFA chapters through our cultivating communities initiative. Our Risk Management team has hosted six grain safety and rescue trainings at our facilities for first responders. In 2019 Harvest Land trained 19 fire departments in the area of grain safety and rescue. Through those trainings, more than 160 first responders were educated and trained properly for grain entrapment in rural communities.

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Andrew Buckler, RFD and Chris O’Neil, RFD Assistant Chief were both present during the donation. “Thank you very much, said Buckler, “We hope we never have use this, but we’re very thankful to have it,”

The donated grain rescue tubes are built in Plain City, Ohio by Gingway Products, Inc., a small welding and fabrication business that saw a need to help the agriculture community.

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Getting More Out of Your Wheat Acres

Another wheat crop is coming off the field which means evaluation and planning for 2021 needs to take place.

Variety selection, a correct seeding rate and a solid fertility plan are all discussed this week in a conversation regarding ways to ensure high-yielding wheat on your farm.

Also, have you considered utilizing our Wheat Premium Program to put more dollars in your pocket?

Join Brandon Lovett, Seed Manager, Haley Jones, Grain Originator and Drake Copeland, Technical Service Manager at FMC as they discuss considerations for high-yielding wheat.

And mark your calendars for the two events (below) quickly approaching!

 

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2020 Answer Plot: Focus on Fungicide, Adjuvants

This week we present to you the last stop of our 2020 Virtual Answer Plot!

Focus on Fungicide: Adjuvants

Depth of Coverage, Deposition & Drift Control

Adjuvants are the key to ensuring your selected pesticide or herbicide works effectively for you.

Three things adjuvants do:

1. In the tank, they condition the water for a more effective active ingredient

2. In the air, they keep the product on target in the field where they need to be

3. In the plant, they ensure the effective amount of product is received into the plant that will kill the weed, insect or control disease.

Learn more through this 8-minute Answer Plot stop.

Watch as Brandon Lovett, Seed Manager, visits with Curt Naylor, YieldPro Manager, about the power of adjuvants and how they ensure efficacy in your fungicide.

Thank you for joining us as we toured the 2020 Answer Plot virtually this year. DOn’t forget to turn in the codes to your YieldPro by July 10 for the giveaways!

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2020 Answer Plot: Fixed Wing or Helicopter Fungicide Application?

Our YieldPro team regrets that we can’t visit with you at a large Answer Plot event this summer. But we’re eager to help answer any questions and have a conversation with you about decision making for your operation. Contact us to learn more!

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Harvest Land 2020 Answer Plot: Early and Late Season Fungicide In Corn and Soybeans

It’s time to discuss fungicide efficacy, protection and timing.

  • Application timing is critical in the field…or is it? Listen as Glenn explains growth stage and efficacy.
  • ​​At what growth stage would application protect the plant at its most vulnerable time? Which would protect the yield? ​
  • Applying a fungicide doesn’t just kill disease, it also stimulates photosynthesis.

Glenn offers so much more insight during this brief conversation regarding fungicides. Take 10 minutes to learn more during this Answer Plot stop #2.

We invite you to watch David Vollmer, YieldPro Specialist and Glenn Longabaugh, Regional Agronomist for Winfield United, discuss early and late season fungicide in corn and soybeans.

 

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2020 Answer Plot Series: Post Application Weed Control

Are You Maximizing Post Crop Protection Applications?
  • Round-up ready & conventional soybeans, what can – or cannot – be applied to each?
  • Don’t get confused on traits and chemistries. Drake displays graphics to help determine what works for your crop.
  • The cooler spring weather doesn’t necessarily mean you get longer residual out of your herbicide application.
  • Watch to see a graph detailing weed emergence and monetary loss…proof is in the numbers. Be proactive!
There is much more to this brief conversation regarding weeds. We encourage you to take 7 minutes to learn more.
Click the button below to watch Kyle Pulley, YieldPro Specialist and Drake Copeland, Technical Service Manager for FMC, briefly discuss post application weed control.

2020 Answer Plot: A New Way to Educate

World events reaching the local level may have altered how we conduct business, but it hasn’t changed our responsibility to educate and support our farmer-members.

We won’t be having a large Answer Plot event this summer, but we’ve developed a way to still deliver to you the agronomic information we have prepared especially for you.

Here’s how it will work:

Each week we’ll release a 5-10 minute video conversation.

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Watch each video as your schedule allows.

Make sure you watch through to the end! At the conclusion of each conversation you’ll learn a code to call/text/email to your YieldPro Specialist. With each code (there are 4 total) you submit, you’ll get a token of our appreciation for watching.

Growers who submit all 4 codes will be entered to win 100 acres of free product.

Watch as Sam Faggetti, Winfield United, and Lindsay Sankey, Harvest Land, explain more!

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