Macrofertil ready for 2015

29 Dec, 2014 01:00 AM
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Macrofertil Kwinana account manager Chris Wieman (left), regional sales manager WA Chris Puckridge and agronomy services manager WA Troy Conley with the stockpile of Sulphate of Ammonia ready for WA farmers next year.
Macrofertil Kwinana account manager Chris Wieman (left), regional sales manager WA Chris Puckridge and agronomy services manager WA Troy Conley with the stockpile of Sulphate of Ammonia ready for WA farmers next year.

FARMER support has come from throughout WA in the first 12 months of trading for Louis Dreyfus' fertiliser arm, Macrofertil.

While Louis Dreyfus has been in operation in Australia for more than 100 years in grain purchasing, this is the first time WA growers have had access to the global fertiliser and inputs brand from the company.

Macrofertil agronomy services manager WA Troy Conley said the Sulphate of Ammonia (SOA) fertiliser option, of which Macrofertil has stockpiled 25,000 tonnes at Kwinana was drawing great interest from farmers.

"The SOA has provided growers with a really cost-effective option to input both nitrogen and sulphur and they are now in the position to take advantage of mono-ammonium phosphate (MAP) or di-ammonium phosphate (DAP) seeding combination," Mr Conley said.

He said this would manage and reduce input prices while giving a balanced nutrient package.

"Dollar for dollar this is a great option for WA farmers to use," Mr Conley said.

While the SOA is regarded by many as basic, Mr Conley said many farmers placed a great deal of trust in this fertiliser option.

"The feedback we have had so far from growers who have collected early for Wheatbelt application has been really positive and it has exceeded expectations, so we are really happy with the results so far," he said.

"The product is relatively consistent, and experienced spreaders have commented that they have been surprised at how good it is."

Macrofertil regional sales manager WA Chris Puckridge thanked WA farmers for their support during the first year of operation.

He said in this time, the Kwinana site had been improved and complemented the existing Albany, Esperance and Geraldton sites.

"We have great port access and the ability to get fertiliser and crop protection products to our customers very efficiently," Mr Puckridge said.

"And we have achieved some fantastic results working to provide WA farmers with a transparent and cost-effective supply of some of the world's best fertiliser products.

"We are also growing our Macro Protect brand of crop protection products and have great plans for the future with our team of experienced staff working on new plans and new products for 2015."

Louis Dreyfus Commodities is also active in Australia in the cotton, sugar and dairy sectors.

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Deregul8
29/12/2014 9:29:20 AM, on Farm Weekly

Game on, CBH. The competition is emboldened and trojan horsing into the heartland.

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