here to ask Jack Royal a question or submit a comment
about this month’s Cotton Consultant’s Corner.
Season Weed Control
season weed control is very critical in all our crops: peanuts
and glyphosate-ready cotton and corn. One hundred percent of our
cotton acres receive a DNA (yellow) herbicide.
apply herbicides while weeds are small and incorporate residual
herbicides in with our glyphosate applications. We try to use different
chemistry classes of herbicides for resistance issues, especially
now that glyphosate resistance has been confirmed in Georgia.
early season weed control, the most critical factors are timing
of the herbicide application, correct rates and selection of herbicides
to fit the weed spectrum.
Agricultural Consulting Co., Inc.
Twenty-eight years crop consulting experience
• A.A. degree in Agricultural Science – Abraham Baldwin
• Member of NAICC
• Certified Independent Professional Crop Consultant
• Charter Member and Past President of Georgia Association
of Professional Agricultural Consultants
In this Q&A interview, Royal talks about the challenges
he faces and the rewards he realizes as a consultant in
today’s new ag environment.
What services do
you offer and how do they contribute to your farmer client’s profitability?
I consult on cotton, corn
and peanuts in southwest
Georgia. My services include soil, nematode and
plant tissue sampling; fertilizer recommendations;
variety selections and equipment calibration. I also
make recommendations for herbicides, insecticides, PGRs
and defoliants. Additional services for my farmer clients
include irrigation management programs for cotton, corn
approach to processing technology/ product information that you eventually
pass on to the farmer?
I attend as many industry
and university meetings as possible and utilize information from other
industry personnel. I also perform my own plot research,
which I utilize the most. I take this information and integrate
it into a program to meet each client’s specific needs.
In your career, what’s
been the biggest change for crop consultants?
The biggest change for crop consultants that I’ve observed
is trying to stay on top of the rapid changes in technology.
Since no two clients farm alike, it is a challenge to incorporate these
new technologies into a program that fits each
farmer’s needs, while making sure these new technologies
add profit to the farmer’s bottom line.
What has been the
most rewarding part of your profession?
Having a working relationship
with the majority of my clients for 20+ years, sharing in their successes
and seeing their operations grow has been rewarding to me. I have several
farms where I started working with the father, and now the son has taken
a more active part in the operation. Other rewards include the satisfaction
of having high yields and a profitable year for each farmer. I also
appreciate the friendships I have made with my clients, other consultants
and industry personnel.