Hefty Seed Company targets mid October completion

The Hefty Seed Company facility located on 150th Road just west of Wood River has the distinction of being fourth store in Nebraska and the 48th of about fifty such Hefty Seed dealers in the United States, according to General Manager of the Wood River operation, Kegan Macfee.

The Hefty Seed Company’s website recounts its history which begins in neighboring states: Ron Hefty came to South Dakota in 1969 after farming near Renwick, Iowa, with his family. Ron and his wife, Kathryn, bought her parent’s farm near Baltic, South Dakota. The problem was Ron had three favorite herbicides on his farm in Iowa, yet he couldn’t find two of those herbicides in South Dakota, and the other one was terribly overpriced.

Ron used this obstacle as an opportunity, sourcing products from Iowa for himself and his neighbors. That was the start of Hefty Farm Supply in 1969. Ron changed the name to Hefty Seed Company in 1984. In the early 1990’s, sons Brian (1991) and Darren (1993) entered the operation fulltime.


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