Insights into Grain Elevators During Harvest

(Jamie) Welcome to Farm Factor! Let’s join Duane Toews and Jason Kroener as they discuss the issues grain elevators face during harvest.
(Duane Toews) Duane Toews joining you once again with AGam in Kansas and while in Oklahoma a chance to stop in Okarche, Oklahoma, to catch up with CHS General Manager for Oklahoma Jason Kroener. And Jason when we think about the harvest season, a busy season, but a good season for an elevator. (Jason Kroener) Yes, we’re excited. This is what it’s all about, this time of year. (Duane) We, obviously have a little delay from when we get a chance to record this, to getting everything on the air, but when we did this spot you’re in the midst of harvest here, trucks lined-up at the elevator, mid-nineties for temperatures and a little breeze out, makes for good cutting conditions for producers out there. (Jason) Yes, really the last couple of days the weather’s cleared for us, the humidity has dropped, there’s lots of open weather to cut this wheat. (Duane) What are some of the issues from an elevator’s perspective and CHS when you have to gear up for a harvest like the wheat harvest here in Central Oklahoma? (Jason) First and foremost, it’s employees and staff. You have to make sure your staff correctly, you have to make sure the elevator’s empty you can give them, you can take this big harvest. And really during harvest it’s about safety and making sure traffic flow works, and then people are getting rest and they are safe through the process. (Duane) You referenced a big crop, maybe bigger that we thought it was going to be six months ago, I’m sure. (Jason) I think so, I think the weather’s allowed us to have some good feeling weather; it’s allowed this crop to fill itself nicely. We had some weather issues with some rust and some more moisture but the farmers did a great job of protecting themselves with fungicides and they got a good fertility program. It’s become an average to above average harvest; it’s pretty exciting to see. (Duane) You see the benefits from that on your end, when you’re trying market that crop, when they’ve done a good job, with some fungicide applications and such. Keeping that test weight up gives you a marketable crop that you can do something with. (Jason) It does. Tests weights are part of it and to make sure it’s clean; protein is another part of it. So our test weights have been extremely strong, especially coming off from last year where test weights were a little lighter. Good, clean wheat, the guys did a nice job keeping herbicides on and keeping them clean. Also our proteins maybe a little bit light right now but we’re hoping they increase overtime here, as we get into the bigger part of our territory. (Duane) We’re thinking about those issues that becomes the miller and baker, who is the end customer for the elevator at least, ultimately it gets to the consumer, and those products, and they have a job to do to blend that and make it all work out for those flour properties. (Jason) Yes, they’re professionals at what they do, that’s their side of the business. Our side is to receive it in a professional and timely manner, its’ our job is sell it to them, and then they do their part of it. (Duane) All right, thanks to Jason Kroener, CHS Oklahoma, joining us with AGam in Kansas. Jamie we’ll send it back to you.
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