A new full service, agriculture products business has broke ground between Arapahoe and Elwood. Located just off of Highway 283 between both communities, construction has been taking place for the last few months.
Norder Supply is doing the construction with Bryan North the location manager of the site.
Norder Supply is a family-owned business that began in 1976 under the direction of Tim Norder on the family farm south of Bruning, NE. With the construction of the Elwood site, the company has 17 locations that offer crop protection, seed, fertilizer, custom application and agronomy services.
North stated that he is excited to bring a Nebraska owned business near our rural area. It is most exciting to him that the business is a small town business that doesn’t go out to big corporations in other states but stays local to Nebraska’s economy.
North explained that they have been using local contractors for portions of the construction of the business but the construction company Schizow of Lincoln is the main contractor. Even though construction is on-going Norder Supply, has been fully operational mostly with delivering fertilizer. North stated that they currently have ten operations people working and two sales associations and a clerical staff. He also mentioned the business is growing and employment opportunities may arise in the future.
Nebraska corn growers intend to plant 9.30 million acres this year, down 3% from 2017, according to the 2018 Nebraska Prospective Plantings report released by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service last Thursday. Nationally corn acres are estimated at 88.0 million acres, down 2% or 2.14 million acres from 2017. Planted corn acreage is expected to be down or unchanged in 33 of the 48 states.
Soybean planted acreage is expected to be 5.60 million acres, down 2% from last year. Nationally, soybean planted area for 2018 is estimated at 89 million acres, down 1% from last year. Planted acreage intentions are down or unchanged from last year in 20 of the 31 estimating states.