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about this month’s Cotton Consultant’s Corner.
2006 Season Review
had a warm April, a cold May and then it turned off hot and dry.
We had irrigation going and didn’t think it was ever going
to rain. But at the end of July, first of August, we had three
or four timely rains. Everything comes back to weather. Our potentially
good crop all has to do with the way the rains fell.
nematodes on our lighter soils, and this year we have used a significant
amount of Avicta Complete Pak, a seed treatment that includes
a nematicide, a fungicide and an insecticide. It’s good
technology. We’re looking forward to trying to measure it
and get a handle on how effective it has been this season. I like
the fact that we can put a nematicide on the seed at planting.
Roth Farm Service
B.S. degree in Agriculture – University of Missouri
• Member of NAICC
• Certified Crop Advisor – CCA
• Enjoys hunting, hunting, hunting
In this Q&A interview, Roth 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?
Insect pest management is
the No.1 service that I
offer, followed by soil sampling and fertilizer recommendations. In-season,
I also provide PGR management, irrigation and defoliation recommendations
on an as-needed basis depending on the farmer. As far as the main inputs
that I am concerned with – fertilizer and insecticides –
my goal is to maximize yield and minimize cost. Not always do we make
the highest yield, but I like for my growers to always make a profit
at the end of the season. If we make a profit, we’ll farm again
approach to processing technology/ product information that you eventually
pass on to
We spend at least eight months
out of the year preparing
for these intense four months. I try to take new technology
or a new product and determine if it will help my farmers
make a profit and whether it has a place on their farms. I
like to see the technology or product tried in a research
environment, but I realize that technology changes so fast
that we can’t always wait three or four years for hard
research. So I attend meetings, read and talk to others who
have used the new technology or products. Then I take
what I’ve learned to the grower.
In your career,
what’s been the biggest change for crop consultants?
I’ve been a consultant
for 32 crops and have seen so many changes. Recently I had three specific
pests in the field that had to be controlled: bollworms, budworms and
plant bugs. Some of the chemistries we had used before used to contain
all those pests. Now we use different chemistries for each one. Then
there are growth regulators. Back when we raised ST 213 and were trying
to stop that cotton at mid-season, farmers said “Gosh, I wish
we could put something on it to slow it down.” Now we have it.
With all of that, plus varieties and management, we’ve been able
to increase our yields and improve our consistency.
What has been the
most rewarding part of your profession?
I like the whole season from
the seedling cotton coming up to pulling up in my pick-up truck and
seeing my grower out there with his six-row picker ready to pull into
the field. I have wonderful growers. I also enjoy the other consultants
I work with. But I really appreciate my wife Rhonda. She has cared for
me and supported me for 32 years and has tolerated a lot of long hours.