Oklahoma business briefs

Oklahoma business briefs for Aug. 19, 2014.
Oklahoman Published: August 18, 2014
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Producers warned of threat

— Oklahoma sorghum producers should be on the lookout for sorghum midges in late-blooming fields. Tom Royer, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension entomologist and Integrated Pest Management coordinator, recently noted high populations of sorghum midge adults actively swarming on some late-blooming heads in sorghum test plots at the OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources’ Cimarron Research and Extension Center in Perkins. “Favorable climate and abundant Johnsongrass may allow them to become a problem in late-planted sorghum this year,” he said. “Johnsongrass establishes and spreads well in disturbed areas, such as crop fields and roadsides. As the season progresses, midge numbers build on Johnsongrass and sorghum, and will concentrate on later plantings, underscoring the need to control Johnsongrass in and around sorghum fields.” Oklahoma is one of the nation’s leading producers of sorghum, along with Texas, Kansas, Louisiana, Arkansas, South Dakota, Mississippi and Nebraska.

EnLink unveils $250M in projects

EnLink Midstream will spend more than $250 million to build a new 45-mile condensate pipeline and six natural gas compression and stabilization facilities to serve major customers in Ohio’s Utica Shale. The project will double EnLink’s investment in the Ohio River Valley. “This new expansion project is a major step forward for EnLink, as it enables us to build upon our existing asset platform and take advantage of the tremendous growth opportunities in the Utica Shale,” CEO Barry E. Davis said. “This project is a game changer for our Ohio River Valley business and positions us in the heart of the gas and condensate production fairway.” EnLink was created in March when Devon Energy Corp. combined some of its midstream assets with Dallas-based Crosstex Energy Inc.

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