Weekly Gin Visit, Farmers CO-OP Gin in Sudan

Reported by: Rebecca Rivers
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Updated: 12/09/2013 10:28 am
Although Sudan, Texas received about 12 inches of snow the week of Thanksgiving, their gin has been running 24 hours a day since their season started. 

Dennis Flowers who is General Manager of Farmers CO-OP in Sudan said they expect to be ginning through the month of December even though they're short about 30,000 bales this year compared to their average.

"We're going to probably gin a little more than we did last year. We normally average in the 80,000 bale range for our gin plant here. In 2010 we ginned 125,000 bales which was a record for us, 2011 came along and the drought and we ginned about 45,000, 2012 we ginned about 47,000. I think 2013 will probably top that. We'll probably gin in the 50,000 range. It is going to be a better year, we had less acres but the yields are surprisingly good. We've had a lot of cotton that's went over 3 bales., some pushed over that 4 bale mark, and the quality has been a little low, micronaire has been about 50% in the premium range, about 50% low. Other than that the grades have been really good. We are running 24 hours a day, we try to gin somewhere around 8,000 to 9,000 bales a week when the conditions are right with our gin plant."
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