What is in this article?:
- Dell, Ark., gin celebrates one millionth bale
- Need for more ginning capacity
The landmark one-millionth bale ginned by Cotton Growers, Inc., came on the heels of some newfound optimism. There is potential for a 30 percent increase in cotton acreage in northeast Arkansas next year.
Need for more ginning capacity
The original Cotton Growers, Inc., gin plant, in Dell, Ark., was installed in 1991 and grew out of a need for more ginning capacity in the area. The gin provides service for growers in Arkansas and Missouri.
The 1991 gin consisted of a module feeder, three Continental 161 gin stands, six 24-D Continental lint cleaners (to provide double lint cleaning if necessary) and a Continental 800 press. The average production of the gin was approximately 42 bales per hour.
In 2001, an additional line was installed, which consisted of one Continental 161 gin stand, two 24-D Continental lint cleaners and a BesPress press, bringing average production to approximately 55 bales per hour.
In 2004, a second gin was built at the location. In order to duplicate grades produced by the original plant, spare parts inventory, repair staff familiarity, etc., the new plant was designed to be as much of a duplicate of the original plant as possible. It consists of a module feeder, three Continental 161 gin stands and six 24-D lint cleaners. This plant uses a Continental 9500 press. Both gins together have the potential to process a little over 100 bales per hour.
Other equipment at the gin complex includes three Consolidated battery condensers, Samuel Jackson moisture control systems, LouverMax lint cleaning systems and Jen-Glo tie systems.The LouverMax lint cleaners allow up to seven grid bars in each cleaner to be bypassed if necessary. The technology, called prescription lint cleaning, can add as much as 12 pounds of lint to a bale of cotton.
Crosskno has farmed since 1950, and remains actively involved in his farming operation. He left the farm in the late 1950s for a two-year stint in the Army, and returned to farm and married in 1960. Today, Crosskno and his wife, Pat, farm around 4,000 acres, but both pride themselves on keeping the farm a family operation.
Original incorporators of Cotton Growers, Inc., included Crosskno, Paul Fleeman, Danny Bourland, Allen Donner, and Joe Dilldine.
Joe Dilldine served as board member until 1999 when he resigned due to health reasons. His son, Tommy Dilldine, filled the vacancy and served as board member until his death in 2010. Tommy’s widow, Karen Dilldine, filled the vacancy following his passing.
According to Braden, over the last 20 years, almost $12 million in rebates have been paid to producers, and nearly $2.5 million in dividends paid to its 62 stockholders.