ORANGE PASSION: Wheat
Donated grain hopper benefits Oklahoma Foundation Seed Stocks
During harvest seasons, Oklahoma State University hauls wheat from across the state to the Oklahoma Foundation Seed Stocks Facility (OFSS). Now, thanks to a pair of generous organizations, OSU will no longer have to rent one or even two trailers to accomplish this massive task.
The Oklahoma Wheat Commission and Oklahoma Genetics, Inc., partnered to purchase and donate a Timpte Super Hopper Trailer to OFSS. The trailer, which costs about $30,000, hauls about 1,000 bushels at a time. That allows OFSS to bring harvested Foundation Seed back to the facility for cleaning, packaging and storage. The hopper trailer will save OSU money and increase flexibility for the entire operation during harvests.
The gift came at a great time for OFSS, which is opening a new facility on Range Road in Stillwater, north of Highway 51 and the Stored Products Research and Education Center. At 20,000 square feet, the Foundation Seed complex is twice as large as the old building and includes a warehouse, cold room, machinery shed and offices. The next phase of the project will include building a modern seed-cleaning facility with new equipment to help OFSS keep up with demand.
OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and the OSU Foundation are hosting a November 18 grand opening for the facility. The event will begin three hours prior to kickoff of OSU’s football game vs. Kansas State. Attendees can tour the facility and speak with members of OFSS staff and the OSU Wheat Improvement Team. For more information on the event and the OFSS facility visit, ofss.okstate.edu.