For Crop Production Services (CPS), Harmony, MN, the drive for environmental respect starts in the office – more specifically, on the drawing board itself. In 2009, the outlet was in the process of constructing a new liquid fertilizer plant and took every step to ensure that stewardship was a key component of these plans. It was for this and other practices that the outlet was recently recognized with a state Environmental Respect Award honor.
“When designing this project, environment responsibility was a key factor,” says Keith Haugen, branch manager. “The most important thing was to make sure to utilize the latest technologies available for both safety and product containment. We made sure to go above and beyond what the state of Minnesota required to ensure that our facility would stand the test of time. The entire plant is diked and built within the guidelines of the state.”
CPS Harmony extends this attention to detail to its product mixing as well. In its processing and blending facilities, the company uses computers to create exact product blends and prevent human operator error. “This system also creates blends as the product is being loaded, which prevents cross-contamination of products,” says Haugen. “In between batches, the system is purged with air, which also prevents cross-contamination of loads and ensures they go to the correct fields.”
The location also segregates its rinsate. “When disposing of the rinsate, we utilize our sprayers and run it through them so that we don’t have excessive used rinsate sitting at our facility,” says Haugen.
For its grower-customers, CPS Harmony holds a plot day event. “Our team feels that one of the areas that we can provide service to our customers is through showing how seed performs in a local environment,” says Haugen. “This will help give to customers more information to choose the best seed for this operation.”
Note: Crop Production Services (CPS), Harmony, MN, is a 2012 state Environmental Respect Award winner. For more information on this program, which is sponsored by DuPont, click here.