OGDENSBURG North country farmers will soon be able to get special types of fertilizer in bulk at the citys port, where a Canadian wholesale distributing company, V6 Agronomy Inc., has rented a warehouse to store and sell fertilizer.
Company owner Ryan M. T. Brophy, started the company in 2012 to supply farmers in Ontario and Quebec with fertilizer, but recently decided to expand the business to reach farmers in Northern New York.
I think theres a lot of great opportunity in this location, Mr. Brophy said.
The company will ship Monoammonium Phosphate 11-52-0 and Granular Urea 46-0-0 fertilizers, mostly used for corn and wheat, from different manufacturers across the U.S. by railroad to Ogdensburg. A blend of the two fertilizers will be shipped by truck from the companys supply in Ontario, which is imported from Europe.
Its obviously going to be a great thing for farmers in the area, Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority Executive Director Wade A. Davis said.
V6 Agronomy has had a transfer contract for several years with OBPA which included the ports employees unloading fertilizer from railway cars and loading it onto trucks that would carry it across the border to his storage location in eastern Ontario. His agreement has been modified to include storage at the port.
Mr. Brophy runs a 350-acre grain farm producing mainly corn, soy beans and wheat.
I have a background in agronomy, and eight years ago I got involved with it on an international level, he said.
Mr. Brophy said that years ago he traveled around the world sourcing fertilizer and learning about quality and trading techniques from manufacturers around the world.
Im a farmer myself, so I know what how important it is to save money with purchases like this, he said. One of the greatest advantages for farmers in this area is the bulk bag option.
Farmers will be able to buy fertilizer in loose bulk or by the truckload. Mr. Brophy said V6 Agronomy offers farmers another option by selling fertilizer in one metric ton plastic bags.
Mr. Brophy said that although some area retailers offer fertilizer in loose bulk by preorder, only about 15 percent of farmers in the area have the storage space for it.
So if they buy it in loose bulk from the retailers, theyll most likely have to plant it right away, Mr. Brophy said. And then theyre at the mercy of the retail price for that season.
Mr. Brophy said farmers looking to buy fertilizer will contact his office, 9236 Branch Road, North Augusta, Ont. He will then set up a contract with them and a schedule with OBPA allowing farmers to pick up whatever amount of fertilizer they will need at any particular time.
Mr. Brophy said if farmers dont have their own means of transporting bulk fertilizer, he will connect with local trucking companies and add it to the contract price.
Mr. Brophy said that over the past two months hes had fertilizer shipped to the storehouse. He said he has 1,000 tons of fertilizer stored there now, and will open for business Feb. 1.
Id like to move up to 5,000 tons by next year, he said.
Mr. Brophys operation in Ontario and Quebec shuffles out 3,000 tons per year, but doesnt have a facility to store loose-bulk fertilizer.
Its all about saving farmers money, he said.