January 11, 2012

Channel® Seed Treatment Investment To Benefit Local Farmers

A local Channel® seed brand representative is investing in a new soybean treatment and warehousing facility to help make the planting season more convenient for local farmer customers.

Chuck Beckman, Channel® Seed and Technology Advisor (CSTA, CCA), is erecting a warehouse building, a seed treater and two bulk bins on a 5-acre site located about a half-mile west of Paloma on U.S. Highway 24. Construction is now underway and the facility is expected to begin operation in mid- to late-February.

A local seed treatment facility offers the convenience of down- stream seed treatment on site.

Beckman recently presented plans for the new facility at a meeting of about 100 local farmer customers who expressed enthusiasm for the project. “We’re making a significant investment to benefit local growers who depend on timely seed delivery,” he explained. “This project is another example of the Channel® ‘Seedsmanship’ approach of offering our customers leading products and services to help maximize their success.”

The project will feature a 60- by 120-foot metal building with a seed treater that can process up to 1,800 units per hour. The treater applies Acceleron® Seed Treatment Products to Channel® Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® brand soybeans to promote strong emergence and early season vigor and provide protection against early season insects and plant diseases.

Outside the warehouse are two 3,000-bushel bulk storage bins that are connected to the building with a conveyor system that moves seed through the process and ultimately into the farmer customer’s truck or seed tender.

Beckman, who has 30 years of agricultural experience, said: “I feel very fortunate to be able to bring a new business to a small community and I have been very pleased with the response and support of everyone.”