Farmers Cooperative Constructs New Dry Fertilizer Facility

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Farmers Cooperative is proud to announce the competition of a dry fertilizer facility in Frankfort, Kansas. This state-of-the-art facility was finished in March 2020 and will allow Farmers Cooperative to better serve producers in the surrounding area including locations in Beattie, Marietta, Marysville, Blue Rapids, Summerfield, and Waterville.

The dry fertilizer facility holds up to 5,000 tons of product and contains all major nutrients for our patrons. It also includes two blenders with a capacity of 14 tons each and provides Farmers Cooperative the ability to formulate any type of plant nutrient recipe. The blenders also allow for quick load times for maximum efficiency for both Farmers Cooperative and producers.

The dry fertilizer facility is equipped to handle inbound product by truck or rail service, while outbound product can easily be placed in semi-trailers, tender trucks, floaters, or dry spreaders. The facility supplies products directly to area producers or can transfer products to other Farmers Cooperative agronomy centers.

“It’s been a great addition to our agronomy services,” said Chance Steele, Regional Agronomy Manager. “It’s been all good news for our spring season. The dry barn is bringing us efficiencies and volume to meet our customers’ growing needs and has surpassed even our own expectations.”

Construction of the dry fertilizer facility consisted of:

  • 2,541 sheets of plywood
  • 229 squares of shingles
  • 145 squares of siding
  • 89,820 pounds of rebar
  • 1882 tons of concrete
  • 106,435 linear feet of board feet in the building
  • 400,000 nails

Farmers Cooperative is a full-service cooperative with headquarters in Dorchester, Nebraska, serving 60 other communities in southeast Nebraska and northeast Kansas.  The company offers products and services in energy, grain, feed, agronomy, lubricants and tires and has more than 600 employees. For more information, visit

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.