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Koch to make new N product at Man. plant

Koch Industries’ fertilizer manufacturing arm plans to dial up its Canadian sales of its nitrogen-stabilized product SuperU, by producing it in Manitoba.

Koch Fertilizer Canada announced Wednesday it will start production of SuperU this month at its nitrogen plant at Brandon, Man.

On top of Koch Fertilizers’ existing production in the U.S., SuperU is expected to be “more widely available in Canada” through production at Brandon, from which distribution will be handled by Koch Agronomic Services.

SuperU is billed as “the only ready-to-use stabilized nitrogen fertilizer containing both urease and nitrification inhibitors… protecting against all three forms of nitrogen loss: volatilization, denitrification and leaching.”

Unlike a controlled-release fertilizer, which stores the urea within a fertilizer pellet’s coating, Koch’s SuperU product is a “stabilized” fertilizer, which allows the urea to convert to plant-available nitrogen while protecting it from enzymes in the soil that break down nitrogen, the company said.

“A primary focus for us is investing in technologies and manufacturing that will increase the speed and efficiencies in production agriculture,” said Scott McGinn, Koch Nitrogen Co.’s senior vice-president for North America.

“Adding this SuperU production capability at our Canadian facility supports our overall expansion efforts and provides value for our customers and suppliers,” he said, adding it would also benefit growers in both Western Canada and the U.S. northern Plains of the U.S. as they plan for spring 2014.

Kansas-based Koch Industries, one of the biggest privately-held companies in the U.S., formed Koch Fertilizers Canada when it bought the Brandon nitrogen plant from Simplot Canada in 2006, along with its two distribution terminals in Saskatchewan and one southwest of Winnipeg.

The Brandon plant — which makes anhydrous ammonia, urea, UAN solutions, nitric acid, ammonium nitrate solution, ammonium polyphosphate and ammonium thiosulfate — was the first facility in Canada for Koch Nitrogen, which along with Koch Fertilizer Canada and Koch Agronomic Services are affiliates of Koch Fertilizer. — AGCanada.com Network

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