Thursday, February 14, 2013

Big Sky Journey

So I was in Montana earlier this week on a fertilizer mission.  But even when working in Western Montana the scenery is spectacular.  And a shutterbug like me has to make lots of stops.
Here is a bridge over a highway.  Big deal.  Except this is an animal bridge.  There is tall fence along either side of the road so that if animals want to get across, they have to do it here.  They say that they are well used. 
Hey, now I know where Montana fertilizer comes from.  Wish we had time for a visit.  Wouldn't it be cool to say you live in Phosphate?  (I need to get out more.)
Remember the blog post from January 26 where there was a picture of Phil in the NCRS shop with a liquid fertilizer application kit?  Well here it is at a research facility of an institution of higher learning.  There is the assembly slide I made on the computer screen.  Now I have said that I don't like to talk about stuff we are going to do, but rather wait until it is done, or at least being done.  So I will park this story for now.  (This is so people will keep coming back to the blog...a cliff hanger if you will.)
But first I will show this picture of Area Sales Manager Jeremiah Gulick having a look at the drill on which all of this equipment will be attached.  Jeremiah offered to make fertilizer tube attachments at the end of the shank.  So now we know it will work!
Well here we are in Fairfield where there is one of the outlets of Gulick Farm Fertilizer.  There are several 30,000 gallon tanks and a number of smaller tanks for all sorts of Liquid fertilizers.  Jeremiah has been a liquid pioneer in this area of NW Montana where dry fertilizer has reigned.  But much headway with liquid has been made thanks to Gulick Farm Fertilizer.  I did compliment Jeremiah on the decorative concrete blocks on this dike.
Here is a pic of Regional Sales Manager and native Montanite (or is it Montanner, Montanan, or guy from Montana?) Stuart and Jeremiah doing a tank check.  Everything is in tip-top condition. Later that afternoon we had a grower meeting to bring area growers up to speed on AgroLiquid product information and latest research results.  It was very good of course.
Talk about dedication.  Here is a home-made hydraulic soil probe on the passenger side of a pick-up truck that Jeremiah built. (The probe, not the truck.) Well we do encourage and rely on soil tests, and this enables coverage of a lot of ground in this one seater. 
Good-bye Big Sky Country.  
Well-named place.