NPC Announcements

Plot Results from SeedLink
 Harvest results are coming in. Click Here for data from Lee County.

October is Cooperative Month
USDA Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has proclaimed October 2017 as National Cooperative Month. Read the proclamation HERE 
Co-Ops Commit. Co-Ops commit to members, commit to jobs, commit to Agriculture, commit to communities. Northern Partners is proud to celebrate Co-Op month with the other 40,000 Co-Ops in the US. Watch this video to see how we are different, and how we make a difference.

Designate Grain for Charity
Ottawa FFA Alumni Boosters are holding their 4th Annual Grain Drive. When delivering grain to any Northern Partners location, you can designate bushels to the Ottawa FFA Alumni Boosters. This will be put in their account to help fund opportunities for the Ottawa VoAg students.

The Biggest Drive in Town
Thanks to everyone who made the Kickoff to the Biggest Drive in Town a success! The 50/50 winnings were claimed at the Sep 17 Kickoff, and the winner's share was $405! But it's not over. This fall, all NPC locations will have a dropoff box for gently used coats and non-perishable foods. At the end of the Biggest Drive, the food will be donated to local food pantries, and the coats will go to agencies who will distribute them to those in need. Please continue to remember and help NPC and Lou's La Grotto in this community effort.

Kevin Nelson, CCA and IL Soy Envoy offers up his latest blog post.
Click Here for Full Article

NPC Purchases Remaining Equity in SeedLink, LLC
The Northern Partners Board of Directors has elected to purchase the equity position in SeedLink LLC held by Earlville Farmers Coop.
This gives NPC 100% ownership of SeedLink.  The closing transaction took place June 28th.

As each independent, locally owned cooperative crafted their strategy for future development and growth, it was apparent that NPC and
Earlville were moving in different directions.  Consequently, leadership of each cooperative agreed that it was appropriate to unwind the
partnership in SeedLink at this time.  We thank the Board and staff at Earlville Coop for our valued relationship with SeedLink the past 14 years. 
This in no way affects our continued partnership with Earlville Farmers through the PetroLink LLC.  That LLC arrangement continues to provide
value to both coops and their member owners. 

We welcome the many loyal patrons of SeedLink as we integrate the SeedLink business unit into our overall Agronomy division offerings at
Northern Partners.  You can expect the same quality products and service delivered by the same great people.   We are excited to have the staff at
SeedLink join our NPC family. 

NPC Agronomy Account Manager, CCA 4RNMS Adam Day contributes to Prairie Farmer article.
Adam Day contributed to a recent Prairie Farmer article on growth stages of soybeans and what is happening to the soybean plants at the various stages. Follow this link to read the whole article.

Veterinary Feed Directives, NPC, and You
Livestock producers will need to comply with new rules for use of medically important antimicrobial products in feeds. Click Here to go the NPC Feeds Page for more info.

Adam Day summarizes 2016 Soybean year
IL Soy Envoy, CCA and Agronomy Account Manager Adam Day summarizes the soybean season in his latest contribution to IL SoyAdvisor web site. Read the entire article here

IFCA Ammonia Video
The season for application of Anhydrous Ammonia is upon us. It is an essential form of Nitrogen fertilizer for Illinois farmers, and is safe when precautions and care are taken in its use. Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association has produced a very helpful video for farmers and their employees to provide safety information related to handling, transportation, application, first aid and emergency response as it pertains to Anhydrous Ammonia. Click Here to View Video

NPC Agronomy Account Manager featured in Illinois Soybean Association Magazine
Adam Day, CCA 4R NMS and ILSoy Envoy, is featured in the September issue of IL Field & Bean magazine. The article Day is featured in talks about soil types and using precision ag and detailed management to make sure you get the most out of your fields. To read the full article, Click Here.

ILSoy Envoy Article May 18
What's your weed weakness? Click Here for Full Article


Pesticide License Required for RUP Purchase
Northern Partners cannot sell you Restricted Use Pesticides without a valid Pesticide Applicator's License. The new Agronomy Update talks about training and testing opportunities in the upcoming weeks. Click Here to Go to the Agronomy Page

Herbicide Resistance. You Need to be concerned. Now.
This Agronomy Update talks about herbicide resistant weeds and how to manage them in your operation. Click Here for full Article

Northern Partners featured in TWIA segment
This Week In Agribusiness on October 31 featured the NPC Ottawa location in a segment talking about forthcoming OSHA regulations for the Anhydrous Ammonia industry. If you weren't able to watch the show, Click Here for the Segment.

Market Street Terminal Progress
Conditions have been ideal for construction to move forward at the Market Street Terminal. Eric summarizes where we are in the building process. Click Here for the Full Article.

NPC Has Taken the Pledge!

Click Here to go to the Agronomy Page

A New Agronomy Update is Available
Discussing Stalk Quality and Harvest Issues.
Click Here to go to the Agronomy Page

Grain Construction Projects 2015

You've heard us talk quite a bit about the Market Street Terminal. But there are other construction projects set to make harvest a smoother time for our patrons. Click here to see the full article.

Villegas NPC Energy Manager

Steve Villegas has been named Energy Manager for Northern Partners Cooperative. Steve is based in the main office in Mendota. He will be working with the Energy Delivery Specialists to provide NPC customers with products and services to help them heat their homes, dry their grain and run their businesses.
Steve has experience as a Certified Energy Specialist prior to joining NPC. CES’s are trained in energy product knowledge and focus on sales and marketing systems of those products.
Steve and his wife Jessica have moved to Mendota from Gruver, TX. They have three children and are settling in to a new home and school.
We welcome Steve to the NPC Team, and wish him well in this new position.
Steve will assume the full duties effective March 1, 2016 as Mike Leffelman retires from the Manager position. Mike will be working with Steve over the next six months to familiarize him with the NPC Energy Department details. After that Mike plans to continue helping us with administrative tasks such as inventory as well as other duties at NPC on a part-time basis.
Steve Villegas, Energy Manger
Office: 866.773.6772 Ext 202
Cell: 815.910.3233

Market Street Terminal Update
September Progress Update on Market Street Terminal construction. Click Here for full report

Propane. Clean American Energy.

Adam Day, Account Manager in Ottawa, discusses the economics of fungicide treatment in the 2015 season. Read the entire article HERE.

Ben discusses silk corn pollination and silk clipping insects in this week's video.

Visit the Agronomy Page and watch Ben's video.

Market Street Terminal
Construction Update

Update on Construction Progress on Market Street Terminal in Peru as of June 12, 2015. Click Market Street Terminal to view full update.

Ben Ficek Discusses Fungicide Use in 2015
Visit the Agronomy Page and watch Ben's discussion on using fungicide in a crop year like 2015.

Palmer Amaranth: A Weed We Can't Ignore
Corey Brown, Account Manager in Tonica, has put together an article outlining Palmer Amaranth concerns, management tips, and identification information. Follow this link to read more: Palmer Amaranth Agronomy Update

Market Street Terminal Project Update
Throughout the ongoing construction, we will try to provide you periodic updates on progress at Market Street Terminal.  This is the first report on the initial phase of construction.
In mid-March we removed all the trees and vegetation from the property as well as the trees between the river and the south end of the terminal.  There were also a few old buildings on site which have been removed.
Work began in mid-April on construction of the access road to the terminal from Rte. 6.  This consisted of stripping away topsoil and carving out the future roadway.  If you drive by today you’ll see the shape of the roadway as the dirt work is nearly complete.  A few more days and work will begin on laying the subsurface of the road.  Recent rains have brought this progress to a halt.  We’ve included a photo of the south portion of the road as it enters the terminal property.

  Click on the photo to view more
There has been extensive earth work done on the property the last few weeks as well.  For those who aren’t aware, the property has some significant grade change from north to south as well as some large earthen berms present which are in the process of being removed.  You’ll also see a few photos of this progress as well.

The first excavation took place the last few days of April as the boot pit for the grain legs was done.  That’s where we stand today until we see some sunshine. 
Look for another update soon.

Groundbreaking Held for Market Street Terminal
Northern Partners and CHS, Inc. held a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, April 10 for the Market Street Terminal. Construction of the 47,000 ton fertilizer storage facility and grain barge loading terminal has begun and is projected to be completed in Spring, 2016. CHS, Inc. Vice President of Agronomy Rick Dusek said the terminal is a "Game changer. This will connect Northern Partners and the local farmers to the world." Peru Mayor Scott Harl said, "It's very gratifying to know that this terminal will help us feed the world."

Left to right: Bob Vickrey, Peru Director of Community Development, State Representative Frank Mautino, Peru Mayor Scott Harl, NPC General Manager Eric Anderson, NPC Board Vice President Marty Wheatland, CHS, Inc. Vice President of Agronomy Rick Dusek.

The Cost of Feeding Weeds
Crop inputs are not cheap, and you need to be sure they're feeding your crop and not being used by weeds Find out more HERE.

Grass Tetany Season Approaches
Green pastures are coming soon! Now is the time to prepare. Grass tetany is a metabolic disorder associated with lush pastures due to low concentrations of blood magnesium, which results in nerve impulse failure in animals.
Visit the NPC Feed Page for More

Peru River Terminal To Be Constructed
CHS Inc., North America’s leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company, and Northern Partners Cooperative, Mendota, Ill., announced January 21, 2015 that CHS will build a 47,000 ton capacity fertilizer warehouse with product blending capabilities that will be operated by Northern Partners Cooperative. In addition, the two companies will form a joint venture to build and operate a grain barge loading facility that will handle corn, soybeans and wheat for export through the CHS terminal at Myrtle Grove, La.

Click this Link to view full Press Release

IFCA Announces 2015 NREC Projects
The Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association recently announced funding  through the NREC Council for 20 research projects. These projects are aimed at minimizing environmental impact, optimizing harvest yield and maximizing nutrient utilization and are funded in part by the $1 per ton assessment on fertilizer sales in Illinois. Northern Parterns supports the work towards Nutrient Loss Reduction. To see how your money is being put to use for you, Click this link.