MILLEDGEVILLE – It’s all about the dirt: Make it better, make it healthier, make it work for you, and do it with the least amount of chemicals possible.
Midwestern BioAg’s mantra is “better farming through better soil.” In a nutshell: Healthy, balanced soils are the basis for healthy crops, healthy livestock, and healthy, successful farms.
Now, its newest fertilizer blending and distribution facility is up and running, ready for spring sales and deliveries.
The 17,000-square-foot plant at the intersection of state Route 40 and Shannon Road stores and distributes four liquid and 16 dry fertilizers, and can help apply those products with its floater trucks and other equipment.
Soil analysis is crucial to the business, which provides a wide range of products for biological and organic farmers and backyard gardeners alike.
Jason Wynkoop is the plant’s operations manager.
“We are a company that focuses on the biology of the soil and letting that biology work for the grower to limit the pesticides and limit the herbicides they have to put on,” Wynkoop said. “The biology is doing that, and we are one of the companies doing that.”
Customizing the right application all begins with soil sampling, he said.
“We take the soil samples and send them to the [onsite] lab,” he said. “Once the results come back, it will go to our consultants, who will analyze those results and put together a recipe for our blended fertilizer. We will blend the fertilizers together, put them on a truck and ship them to the grower.”
Although the facility targets its efforts to northwestern Illinois, it serves anyone in about a 3-hour radius.
“We have customers all the way down in Springfield,” said Ben Adolph, a sales consultant and crop adviser. “We’d like to focus on this area, but we won’t turn down a customer that is 3 hours away.”
The product isn’t only for farmers. Gardeners also can buy products on site.
“We have garden fertilizer here in the shop,” Wynkoop said. “People can walk in and purchase what they want.”
Midwestern BioAg broke ground in July 2015, and opened in late February.
It bought all 30.3 acres in the village’s business park, but is using only 10 acres. It has pledged to help develop the rest, including putting in infrastructure for the other lots.
About Midwestern BioAg
Midwestern BioAg, 1 Zimmer Way in Milledgeville, provides biological products and services to improve soil fertility, which increases yield with less input.
Based in Madison, Wisconsin, the company, founded in 1983, has eight locations in all, including those in Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Michigan and Minnesota, and a sales force and network of dealers that cover 29 states and three Canadian provinces.
The plant is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Find it on Facebook, go to midwesternbioag.com or call 815-855-3054.