Southern States Cooperative: An Insight For Farmers

Southern States Cooperative: An Insight For Farmers - Quick Review

Southern States Cooperative is a farmer-owned cooperative focused on providing agricultural producers with livestock feeds, seed, farm supplies, fertilizers, and fuel. Being one of the largest American agribusinesses, Southern States Co-op covers over 1,200 retail outlets across 21 states and unites over 200,000 farmer-members.

Besides its function of supply and sales, Southern States also provides a wide range of agronomy and energy services.

The customer can not only purchase crop seeds, as well as farm supplies for commercial farm or home garden needs in the nearest Southern States store, but also receive full support through the further process of cultivation.

The cooperative is proud of its nearly 100 years of farming experience and steadily opening new horizons, as well as developing precision ag products, energy solutions, planning, and management services.

Enterprise size: 1 001-5 000 employees
Founded: 1923
Type: Private enterprise
Industry: Agriculture, Crop Production, Agricultural Chemicals, and Animal Feed
Revenue: $1-$1.5 billion (annual)
States Served: 21 (in the mid-Atlantic and southern US)
Client base: over 200,000 farmer-members
Website: www.southernstates.com
Headquarters: Richmond, Virginia
Contact phone: 1-804-281-1000
Address: 6606 West Broad Street Richmond, VA 23230 US

Area of Activity

Southern States is a large farm supply retail and service cooperative, which provides a wide range of products and crop services, including innovative solutions and information on how to get better yields.

Being one of the major players in the industry, Southern States Cooperative is also the patron of many important events and programs related to agricultural development, including education and careers.

Southern States Coop is a retailer and producer of:

  • Farm and garden supplies and related products;
  • Seeds (by Winfield United);
  • Fertilizers (Monty’s, Winfield United), insecticides (Winfield United), herbicides (Winfield United, Adama Agricultural Solutions), fungicides (Winfield United, DuPont);
  • Hardware and equipment;
  • Animal food and feeds;
  • Propane gas;
  • SuperGold Diesel fuel (trademark of Southern States Cooperative);
  • Regular, mid-grade, and premium gasoline;
  • Premium heating oil.

Additionally, Southern States provides precision ag services and customized agriculture programs for each stage, from planning to harvest, based on the information collected from the particular fields.

Farming software distributor

Southern States co-op actively utilizes award-winning precision agriculture tools to provide their clients with individual management plans. Software and services distributed by SouthernStates include:

  • Climate Corporation’s Climate FieldView logo
    Climate Corporation’s Climate FieldView is the first of its kind to enable farmers to easily access a wide range of interconnected tools, services, and data.

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  • R7 Tool logo
    WinField’s R7 Tool combines more than 20 years of satellite imagery with local seed and crop protection data to generate field performance information to help match crop inputs to the potential of each acre.

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  • Veris logo
    The Veris Soil EC Mapping System is the device to measure soil EC (electrical conductivity) in the field. The Veris data logger records the soil ECa and GPS data and can be downloaded onto a storage device. Veris EC maps are used to set soil sampling locations, create seeding prescriptions, manage nitrogen applications, and improve irrigation prescriptions.

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  • EOS Crop Monitoring logo
    Monitor the state of your crops right from the office, learn about the slightest changes on-the-spot, make fast and reliable decisions on field treatment.

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Products, services and solutions

Services, branches of activity, specializations of the Southern States cooperative:

Southern States Farm Store

Southern States’ stores offer a broad range of goods, such as: pet food, livestock equipment, feed, home goods, grass seeds, hardware, and fertilizers. There are more than 1200 Southern States’ stores, each of which try to meet consumer demands for products for both small gardens and large farms.

Energy services

Southern States Co-op is one of the top 10 suppliers of propane gas in the country.

Ultra-low sulfur SuperGold Diesel fuel (a trademark of Southern States Cooperative) is available for bulk order. Some Southern States locations also offer regular, mid-grade, and premium gasoline both at pump islands and for bulk delivery.

Additionally, Southern States provides premium heating oil for homes, businesses, and farms.

Agronomy

Southern States provides a wide range of seeds (e.g. wheat, soybean, cotton, and corn) and chemicals (fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, and adjuvants), as well as technology solutions to maximize yields. More specifically, the cooperative offers assistance in data-driven planning and management utilizing advanced services for prescription, nutrient management, seed treatment, and so on.

Based on technologies like satellite and aerial imagery, processing yield maps, cellular RTK access, precision scouting tools, soil electrical conductivity maps, weather, and other services, Southern States offers its clients the ability to create a customized crop management plan.

Partnership and cooperation

Southern States Cooperative is a partner of a number of organizations that promote employment opportunities for the Southern States and its member cooperatives: Virginia Values Veterans, America’s Job Exchange, Virginia Department for Aging & Rehabilitative Services, and National Labor Exchange.

Furthermore, Southern States is continuously supporting young farmers. It invests in the young farmers of America by donating a portion of all proceeds from each gallon sold by one of its North Carolina and Kentucky propane delivery trucks to the North Carolina and Kentucky FFA Associations.

Crop Monitoring solutions for Southern States Cooperative

  • Accurate satellite data and reporting that help to identify the possible risks in advance and receive detailed prescriptions for a particular field.
  • Improved cloud masks allow accurate calculations of the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index for assessing the given crop development and determining the most optimal timeline of harvest.
  • Crop development assessment based on the NDVI, ReCI, MSAVI, and NDRE indices.

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