Local growers now have another option to haul their wheat now that Martha Co-Op’s new 500,000 bushel wheat bin is near completion. The month-long build was finished after the elevator’s 170 foot leg was constructed on Thursday, at 302 W. 2nd Avenue in Martha, by general contractor Pitcock Supply, Inc. of Lubbock Texas.
“We decided to put an elevator up here in order to serve our patrons and give them another choice to deliver their wheat to,” said Martha Co-Op manager Rusty Reese. “It’s just a big gain to put up more storage. We can give them a better option and hope fully a better price.” Eldorado Farmers Co-Op merged with Martha Co-Op back in September 2013, Reese informed.
“This means a local delivery point for our grains,” said farmer and Eldorado-Martha Co-Op Board member, Matt Muller. “It will save us mileage hauling our grain to town. It should mean as good, or better prices because this elevator will be able to deliver over to the unit train load out at Eldorado to get better freight rates, so it should be a very competitive price at a local spot.” Muller added that the bin will allow for more storage during years when they harvest big crops as other bins have reached maximum capacity in years past.