Wheeler Brothers Grain Company was founded in 1917 by brothers Frank and William “Bill” Wheeler. In the early 1940s, Frank’s son, Gene, bought out both Bill’s and Frank’s interest. In 1945, Gene built his first concrete elevator in Watonga, just south of the original wooden structure. In 1962, Gene built a dry bulk fertilizer blending plant in Watonga, believed to be the second oldest in the state.
In 1968, Wheeler Brothers built a 2,000 head feedyard 4 miles east of Watonga. Throughout the years, added capacity brought it to 27,000 head. In October of 2014, Wheeler Brothers sold its feedyard.
In 1985, Wheeler Brothers established the AT&L Railroad through acquisition of 46 miles of former Rock Island track from Watonga to El Reno. The track ties in with the UP Railroad in El Reno to which Wheeler Brothers ships 110-car unit trains. The loaded railcars then move to market, the most prominent destination being the U.S. Gulf export market.
Today, Wheeler Brothers has 19 grain elevator locations, 6 of which are seasonal. Total storage capacity is 20+ million bushels. Facility locations are in northern, central and western Oklahoma.
Other than grain storage, Wheeler Brothers is involved in fertilizer / chemical application, feed manufacturing and seed production.
Grain and Oil Seed Services
Agromony Services – Certified Crop Advisors
Fertilzer Sales & Service
It seems that anyone you ask, and some you don’t, will give you the best advice for your farm program. During these challenging times it is critical to get good information when developing a production strategy for your operation. There is a program in place that you are probably not aware of that can help you in making some of these assessments.
Several Years ago the American Society of Agronomy developed an international program called Certified Crop Advisor (CCA). Its foundation is to provide an industry standard for the crop consulting community through multiple levels of qualifications. CCA’s must pass two exams which thoroughly cover all areas of agronomy, and have a number of years experience in the field. Second, they must agree to and sign an extensive code of ethics. Lastly, a CCA must maintain their training with 40 class hours a year covering areas of nutrient management, soil and water management, integrated pest management, crop management and professional development.
These specialists are dedicated to assisting producers in their crop consulting needs in an effort to build a more efficient, more profitable agriculture for everyone. If you would like to visit with a CCA, you can locate one in your area at the following website (www.agronomy.org/cca). Additionally, you can call one of the Wheeler Brothers Grain locations as it employs several CCAs.
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