News

Construction begins on Mermentau warehouse

Terral has begun major construction improvements to our warehouse in Mermentau Louisiana. Like Lake Providence, we are tearing down and re constructing the walls of our fertilizer warehouse to make it stronger and give it the ability to hold more product. Half of the warehouse has just been completed. The other half will be completed… Read more »

Fertilizer operation launches in Owensboro, Kentucky

Terral has recently launched a fertilizer operation in Owensboro, Kentucky. Larry Stivers, our fertilizer manager in Kentucky, has completed a lease agreement with Yellow Banks Terminal to store 8,000 tons of fertilizer in their warehouse, where we will be selling urea, DAP, potash and sulfate of potash. This location will also offer fertilizer blending. We… Read more »

Mississippi River at 33 feet on Vicksburg gauge

The Mississippi River is currently at 33 feet on the Vicksburg Mississippi River gauge. This is 34 feet above the historical low set in late summer of 2012, at minus-1 feet. Terral is grateful to currently operate under more “normal” river conditions. We remain cautious due to predictions of dry conditions again in the Midwest… Read more »

Terral improves fertilizer services

Loading time plays a key part in optimizing our customers’ ability to get fertilizer to the field, and Terral continues to improve our fertilizer delivery capabilities and facilities to provide efficient service. The ideal delivery time continues to shrink due, in part, to larger farm equipment that can cover ground faster than in years past…. Read more »

Terral Creates Service Division

To assure the best service possible and to accommodate future growth of the company, Terral is creating new divisions in our internal organizational structure. The Service Division—headed by Neil Martin—will manage land assets and associated leases, buildings and equipment. Neil has been with the company for 13 years, working in cottonseed trading, operations management and… Read more »

Terral holds 10th Annual Golf Tournament

On October 2, Terral held our 10th Annual Golf Tournament at the Vicksburg Country Club. We hosted 73 customers, vendors and employees. Play began at 12:30pm, under threat of rain, with 16 teams playing in a scramble format, and the winning team of Marvin Collins, Scott Ziller and J. O. Smith posted a score 63…. Read more »

Larry Stivers joins Terral RiverService

Terral is proud to announce that Larry Stivers is joining our company, working in the procurement and marketing of fertilizer. Larry will be partnering with Don Philley in expanding our fertilizer operations. Larry lives in Owensboro, Kentucky and will be working out of Owensboro. After graduating from Sullivan University in Louisville, Kentucky, Larry worked at… Read more »

8th annual golf outing held in Vicksburg, MS

Terral held our 8th annual golf outing in Vicksburg, Mississippi on October 4, 2012. There were participants from all over the country representing many of our customers and venders. Twenty-four teams participated. Those in attendance who did not play enjoyed the luncheon, banquet and evening meal. We are very pleased with the turnout and appreciate… Read more »

River situation improves as water level rises

The river situation has improved at those locations where we either closed the harbor or had restricted access due to low water. The current river gauge at Vicksburg, Mississippi is 3.2, almost four feet above the low river mark. This small rise in river level—coupled with the dredging that took place at the Lake Providence… Read more »

Low water blockages impede Mississippi River transit

Another difficulty in a season of near-record low river levels Barge traffic on the Lower Mississippi River (LMR) has been slowed to a crawl. Blockages at mile 525 (LMR) and at mile 545 (LMR) have limited southbound and northbound barge movement. Three Terral fleet boats are caught in the impasse, delaying scheduled rock and coal… Read more »

Fertilizer prices cause for concern

Fertilizer prices presented our company with many difficulties during the spring season. Never have we seen such potential for loss, with prices remaining very high, especially in urea. The urea market is currently inverted, with the nearby price much greater than the deferred pricing. This price structure was driven by a shortage of product, which… Read more »

Terral remembers Tim Duplechain

Terral is deeply saddened by the passing of Tim Duplechain, who was taken by cancer on May 3, 2012. Tim managed our Mermentau, Louisiana operation since its opening in 2004. He was an outstanding employee; we wish we had a hundred more just like him. Tim will be missed by everyone in the Terral family…. Read more »