A reported fertilizer explosion yesterday in Union Mills, Indiana has turned out to be the fault of grain dust, not fertilizer. Laporte County responders told news agencies of an explosion at a Co-op and it was assumed by the reporting community that fertilizer was once again to blame.
Management from the Co-Alliance, Llp announced that the premises have been secured and that all other employess have been accounted for. The statement continues, "In the days to come, Co-Alliance and its employees will be working closely with investigating agencies to provide any assistance necessary. Ensuring the safety and health of employees is of primary concern. The company has arranged for grief counselors to be on site today. Determining the cause of the accident is our top priority moving forward. As more information becomes available and is confirmed, it will be included in future updates."
While the exhoneration of fertilizer in this incident has been made public, the tragic news of a death in the ag community should give us all pause to remember that there is danger in almost every aspect of farming. From nitrogen production facilities to storeage depots, retail outlets to the farm, be it with livestock or grain, caution must be our constant companion. I used to roll my eyes when my dad would say it, in the same way my children do now, but this simple phrase can save you life and limb -- safety first.