Cotton Consultant's Corner
Twenty-three years cotton consulting experience
What services do you offer and how do they contribute to your farmer client’s profitability?
In January, February and
March, I help most of my growers
What’s your approach to processing technology/product information that you eventually pass on to the farmer?
I attend meetings to gather the knowledge I need to offer the latest technology and new product information to create the highest possible yields and bottom line profits. I try to stay on the cutting edge of technology: learn about it, use it and then put it to the test to see if it has a fit on my growers’ farms. But the best technology as far as benefits to myself and my growers is a plain old cell phone. Some of the best consultants in the world are in my area, and we all keep in touch with each other nearly every day throughout the growing season. This is good for my growers because it gives me a peripheral vision. I always know what's going on around me and what to expect.
In your career, what’s been the biggest change for crop consultants?
Bt cotton and herbicide-resistant technology have changed the way cotton is grown and scouted. Soil sampling techniques also have changed my business. Over the next two years I expect to see widespread use of satellite imagery in cotton, especially with variable rate nitrogen applications.
What has been the most rewarding part of your profession?
As a young boy, I started
doing this type of work, and today I know I am in the right place, and
I love it. When I am an old man, I won’t look back with thoughts
of what I could have or should have done. I am where I am supposed to
be. The reward I get from that is that I honestly am a satisfied man.
My wife Debbie is very supportive and is a big part of keeping things
running smoothly. This is a good life that I have.