In Oregon, Pacific Ag completed its largest harvest of wheat straw on record. Working closely with more than 200 growers across seven states including Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon and Washington, Pacific Ag harvested more than 100,000 acres of wheat straw for use in end-markets including bioenergy, dairies, feedlots, mushroom compost production and erosion control. The company’s national reach, combined with its proprietary supply chain management system, is making wheat straw a true option for multiple industries seeking sustainable cellulosic material.
“We’re able to aggregate more than 100,000 acres of wheat straw residue and convert it to a high quality, consistent and professionally delivered residue product,” said Bill Levy, CEO of Pacific Ag. “This builds confidence in end-markets, which helps drive consistent demand. That predictable demand, in turn, gives our growers confidence that they can rely on our program as they decide their equipment budgets and tillage resources.”
Owning and operating the single largest fleet of crop residue harvesting equipment in the U.S. gives Pacific Ag the ability to consolidate and simplify customers’ supply needs, while its decades of experience harvesting and marketing crop residues allows it to meet the product quality, specification and delivery demands of a diverse set of end-use customers across the regions in which it operates.
Pacific Ag works with growers on a field-by-field basis to leave them the right field conditions for their individual field and cropping needs. The company has been focused on residue harvests behind combines in wheat, corn, and grass seed crops for 17 years, providing a wealth of knowledge and in-field experience on which to help growers make individual, season-specific decisions about residue removal.
Additionally, the company’s proprietary PowerStock Pro supply chain management system provides a turnkey tool for managing every aspect of the complex feedstock supply chain from grower contracts to GIS-enabled field mapping to equipment deployment, harvest results and inventory management. This system is integral in ensuring the timely delivery of product to Pacific Ag customers.
In August 2015 the company announced a $7 million investment from Advantage Capital Agribusiness Partners enabling the company to accelerate the expansion of its operations across the country through acquisitions, technology, equipment, sales and marketing to meet the increasing demand for agricultural biomass in the bio-refining, animal protein, composting and other markets.