Published On: Wed, Mar 9th, 2011

Bow Valley Elev. is a venture on the rise

BOW VALLEY — Grain marketing for farmers in northern Cedar County got a little easier last fall. With the opening of the Bow Valley Elevator in November, area producers now have a new marketing and storage resource much closer to home.

The Bow Valley Elevator, which is bonded and licensed by the State of Nebraska, was the brainchild of owner Scott Heine.
Heine, who is also part-owner of Heine Electric and Irrigation in Hartington, saw a need for additional drying, storage and marketing solutions in the area.
The less than desirable harvest conditions during the fall of 2009 made the elevator a logical idea.
“Area farmers were caught with so much wet corn, myself included, that a facility like this seemed to make sense,” Heine said.
The elevator, which is located one mile north and one-half mile east of the junction of Highways 12 and 57, gives farmers multiple options for storage and marketing of their grain.
“We buy and sell grain on a daily basis,” said Heine.
The site is designed with the convenience of the farmer in mind, Heine said. The leg setup will handle 10,000 bushels per hour, or 1,000 bushels every six minutes. The elevator is equipped with a high capacity grain drying system for custom drying. The facility currently has a storage capacity of over 500,000 bushels of grain, but Heine is looking at expanding.
“The community has been very supportive of it and if that continues we will be doubling in size down the road,” Heine said.
The Bow Valley Elevator also has an extra bonus for Heine. In addition to providing storage for his own farming operation, the elevator provides future growth opportunities for Heine Electric.
“Heine Electric designs and builds this type of facility, so we are able to show potential clients how designs can come together and function,” he said. “The operating experience that we have gained allows us to tweak future designs for better operation.”
The elevator is managed by Terry Foxhoven and Alvin Kathol serves as the assistant manager. Both are natives of the Bow Valley area.
Heine grew up on a farm in the Bow Valley area and is a 1993 graduate of Cedar Catholic High School.