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Boman Worries State's Ginning Capacity May Soon Be Maxed Out - Predicts 750K Acre Crop in 2018

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:30:59 CST

Boman Worries State's Ginning Capacity May Soon Be Maxed Out - Predicts 750K Acre Crop in 2018 After last year’s boom in Oklahoma’s cotton industry, Dr. Randy Boman, research director and cotton extension program leader for Oklahoma State University, reports that some producers are still harvesting their 2017 crops. At the same time, he says Oklahoma’s gins are working overtime to chew through the massive stocks still waiting in the field in some cases.

“It’s been a real challenge to get the thing harvested,” he said to Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn in an interview during the 2018 Red River Crops Conference in Altus Wednesday. “It’s going to be quite a while before our gins get wrapped up with this huge crop.”

Listen to Boman recap last year’s cotton crop in Oklahoma with Horn and his predictions for 2018, by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.

According to Boman, Oklahoma produced roughly a 1.1 million bale crop this past year. He says producers were fortunate to have the rainfall they did, followed by a dry fall and early freeze which significantly impacted later maturing cotton in the state. While it was undoubtedly a great year for producers, the challenge now he says is getting it ginned in a timely fashion.

“It’ll happen, the question is when,” Boman remarked. “We have around 14 or 15 operational gins here in the state. Those are going to be maxed out.”

Boman reports that the gin at Cotton Growers Cooperative in Altus has ginned between 80,000 - 85,000 bales since harvest, with a total projection of about 200,000 bales total. At that pace, Boman worries about how quickly the job can be done, and what that says about the future with even more acres expected to be planted this year than in last when farmers sowed almost double the average at 585,000 acres and harvesting 555,000 acres, according to the USDA.

“Some of these gins are going to be pushed into May. We could actually be planting cotton by then, while gins are still running,” he said. “I wouldn’t encourage very many more producers to get into this crop in the state of Oklahoma right now. If we plant more acres than what we planted in ’17 - I mean I’m not sure if we could ever get it ginned.”

Based on what he has heard in the countryside, Boman predicts farmers could potentially plant up to 750,000 acres in 2018.



Hear Boman recap last year's cotton crop in Oklahoma with Horn and his predictions for 2018, below.
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