Harvest gaining speed; bale count nears 8,000

The 2013 ginning season is gaining speed, with five county gins reporting 7,938 bales of cotton as of Friday morning.

United Cotton Growers at Arnett was the leader in production: It had ginned a total of 2,120 bales of cotton by mid-morning Friday.

The gin is operating with one shift of workers, but it should go to two shifts early next week, said employee Lucretia Thorpe.

Stan Sadler brought in the first batch of cotton for UCG this fall. It was ginned Oct. 10.

Ropes Farmers Co-op Gin had produced 1,641 bales by Friday morning. 

Both the quality and quantity of cotton looks good, said gin manager Brian Lehrmann.

‘The cotton is really turning out good and clean,’ Lehrmann said. ‘Our turnouts have been really good. We’ve come back with some incredible grades.’

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