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Regional Ginning Reports

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Curtis Stewart (Dumas, Ark.)

I think we’ve got adequate ginning capacity for the planted acreage in this area. We’ve had some increases in cotton acreage in a few places, but it’s still down in my area. We’re going to gin this crop in as timely a manner as possible. We do have some early cotton that could be ready for ginning in early September. The farmers planted the crop early, and it’s maturing pretty fast. As far as ginning capacity, I think we’ll be fine. With the decreased acres, I think our capacity will be suited well for the production we’ll have here in this part of Arkansas. Naturally, we’ve had some consolidation of gins in the region, but everybody is cooperating and working together to deal with the production we’ll have.

I know that production and ginning should be good up in the Missouri Bootheel, and I don’t think they’ll have many problems. Like I said, I think we’ll be all right here in this part of the Delta as far as gins adequately meeting the demand from the cotton acres out there.

Kirk Gilkey (Corcoran, Calif.)

We’ll certainly be able to handle the cotton crop in California. Ginning capacity didn’t go away even though the planted acreage decreased during the last two years. The only thing challenging us this year is that the crop is about three weeks late here in the San Joaquin Valley. We are looking at about 300,000 acres overall for cotton in the state. The breakdown could be 155,000 Pima acres and  125,000 acres of upland.

We have pretty good roller ginning capacity in the state, and I am fairly optimistic about the crop catching up. Normally, we like to see that first bloom before July 4, but we still have plenty of time to catch up on heat units. I’m just hoping that we don’t have an early fall. That would create some problems. We’ll probably be managing this crop on into September. And if everything goes well, we’ll be picking cotton during the first two weeks of October.

Kent Fountain (Surrency, Ga.)

As everybody knows, our cotton acreage in Georgia has remained very stable, and I think ginners will be able to handle what we produce this year. Our gin here will probably average around 50,000 bales, and that’s pretty good even though we have seen peanut acreage increase in the region.

The eastern part of the state has moved over to peanuts, so we’ve been adjusting to that trend. But overall our acreage is steady, and our ginning infrastructure can handle the crop, and that’s even including consolidation we’ve seen in gins across Georgia.

We’ve started out good with this crop, but our farmers have already encountered some 100-degree weather in June, and those kinds of temperatures are a little frightening. That’s why we need some good weather and timely rains to get through the rest of the season.

We also need to avoid the hurricanes  if possible. A late season weather event is something that we definitely don’t need if we hope to get this crop to the gin in a timely fashion.

As for the new on-board moduling systems from Case IH and John Deere, we’re still watching and trying to learn more about them.

Lee Tiller (Odem, Texas)

We feel pretty good about handling the crop here in South Texas. We’ve had good crops in the past, so we know what it takes to process cotton.

Our cotton acres are down a little bit from a couple of years ago for various reasons. But we still have enough acres out there for the gins.

If we were to receive another rain in early July, it wouldn’t hurt anything. It would certainly help our late cotton go ahead and finish out. The big thing right now for producers and ginners in South Texas is avoiding any big storms or hurricanes. That’s why we’ll be watching the weather forecasts every day to see what’s headed our way.

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