Heartland Co-Op Reports On Barge Traffic

NEBRASKA CITY – The river dock at Nebraska City remains an important element of operations for Heartland Co-Op, which took over management of Steinhart Terminal in April.

Donald Thomas of the Des Moines-based corporation spoke at Wednesday’s Rotary meeting about activity on the river.

Over 100 barges, which carry the equivalent of about 60 semi-trailers, have passed the dock. Many carried cement to Omaha and then went upstream to Blair to be loaded with soybeans.

At Nebraska City, crews unloaded two barges of fertilizer minerals this navigation season.

Thomas said operations are impacted by this year’s high river levels, because barges cannot be unloaded when the river stage is above 19 feet.

Thomas said there are two companies running barges on the Missouri River and he expects traffic to double next year.

The facility can store 22,000 tons of dry fertilizer and 1,000 tons of liquid.

The facility, which has storage for 22,000 tons of dry fertilizer and 1,000 tons of liquid fertilizer,    also unloaded about 100 rail cars this year, about the equivalent of six barges.

Roger Claussen of the Nebraska City Dock Board said Heartland has upgraded the facility to provide for quicker blending of fertilizers for farm customers.

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