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Published June 18, 2012, 10:06 AM

Going up

HEBRON, N.D. — Inch by inch, Archer Daniel Midland Co.’s newest grain elevator is towering above Hebron, N.D.

By: Betsy Simon, Forum Communications

HEBRON, N.D. — Inch by inch, Archer Daniel Midland Co.’s newest grain elevator is towering above Hebron, N.D.

The elevator is expected to begin operation by the end of the year, says Jackie Anderson with ADM media relations.

“ADM-Benson Quinn’s new shuttle loader grain elevator will provide local growers with additional marketing opportunities for their crops because we can accommodate higher yields and have also expanded our transportation capabilities in Hebron,” she says. “The elevator will have a storage capacity of more than 2.6 million bushels and will be used to load wheat, canola and other grains into 110-car grain shuttle trains.”

The new elevator is two miles east of Hebron, north of the intersection of County Road 139 and County Road 89.

Construction began in April 2011. The structure was built in less than one year and hovers at 215 feet.

The Vigen Corp. in Grand Forks, N.D., completed construction last month on the latest ADM shuttle loader grain elevator.

More marketing opportunities

The existence of a grain elevator in the area will expand opportunities for Archie Wanner, a 30-year farming veteran from Hebron.

Wanner grows spring wheat, barley, sunflowers and also raises cattle. He uses local elevators as much as possible to market his crops and he says the addition of the ADM elevator in town will have benefits for him.

“The biggest advantage for me is that it will be so close to my farm, only about two miles away from here,” he says. “It also brings more competition into the area, and that is always a good thing. And in order to be competitive, I know that rail access, like the new elevator will offer, is needed.”

Hebron farmer Dale Heinle has been in agriculture all his life and grows spring wheat, sunflowers and corn.

Heinle plans to use the new elevator when it opens.

“I’ve done business with ADM before and they treated us well so if they have an elevator this close by, I’ll use it,” he says. “With $4 fuel, it will be nice not to have to travel 40 or 50 miles to do business. Instead, I can do business right here in the Hebron area.”

Heinle says ADM’s elevator will provide more competition amongst elevators that will be good for the area.

“As a farmer, I have to compete with other farmers and evolve with the times, and I see that as a positive thing for us and like the competition,” he says.

This article is by Forum Communications, which owns Agweek.