Strategically located smack dab between two of the state’s main waterways, Crop Production Services (CPS) in Delphi, IN, understands explicitly that it must steward its business carefully. The region’s watershed depends upon it. “The effect of what we do on the environment is always at the top of our minds,” says facility manager Lance Loveless. “With our location sandwiched between two of the main rivers in the state, this watershed has a big impact on the water quality of not only our communities, but those across the Midwest.
“With that in mind, we have moved a large percentage of our customers to non-atrazine based corn herbicides to limit the amount of the product that is broadcast onto our surrounding soils.”
As a full-service ag retailer, CPS Delphi keeps a vast inventory of chemicals and fertilizers on hand for its growers, all safely and securely under roof and key in a concrete containment area. “We have 1,200 tons of dry storage under one roof, and when trucks unload at our facility they are on a concrete pad adjacent to our dry building. Safety is a key to a successful storage facility and we strive to leave the community we live in to our children in better shape than we found, it so that the next generation can thrive.”
Not only is embracing safety key for the continued success of CPS Delphi, but the retailer is also making technology a priority. “Our productivity will be the driver that will continue to lead our growth effort,” says Loveless. “To meet the productivity needs of our customer we will have to take advantage of the new technologies that become available to us every day, and our customers will continue to look to us for guidance so that they can meet the consumer demands while maintaining environmental stewardship.”
Guiding growers to that right piece of new technology is increasingly crucial as well. “The rate of efficiency that our current industry puts on us is truly astounding,” says Loveless. “The size of our customers and our retail locations has had to grow to meet the demands, as in the next fifty years agriculture will have to produce the same amount of food and fiber that have been produced since the beginning of production agriculture.”
“In most cases, it is the role of agriculture retail locations to get our farmer customer in the right field at the right time for optimum crop performance.”
Note: Crop Production Services (CPS) in Delphi, IN, is a 2012 state Environmental Respect Award winner. For more information on this program, which is sponsored by DuPont, click here.