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Hebron elevator to store more than 2.6M bushels

Illinois-based Archer-Daniel-Midland Company's constructs its newest grain elevator in Hebron. The elevator will store more than 2.6 million bushels and load grains into 110-car grain shuttle trains. The elevator is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

Inch by inch, Archer-Daniel-Midland Co.'s newest grain elevator is towering over Hebron.

The elevator is expected to begin operation by the end of the year, said 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 said. "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 constructed in less than one year and hovers 215 feet.

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

Jeff Vigen, Vigen Corp's project manager for the construction of the grain elevator, was unavailable for comment this week.

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

He grows spring wheat, barley, sunflowers and also raises cattle.

Wanner uses local elevators as much as possible to market his crops, but he also said 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 said. "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 farms spring wheat, sunflowers and corn.

Heinle said he plans to use the new elevator when it opens.

"I've done business with ADM before and they treated us good so if they have an elevator this close by, I'll use it," he said. "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 said 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 said.