Cotton Consultant's Corner
scouting insects for his Dad’s farm when he was 13
What services do you offer and how do they contribute to your farmer client’s profitability?
I’m blessed to work
in an area with very progressive operators who do a good job of keeping
up with varieties, chemicals and technology. I have to work hard to
keep up with them. The majority of my responsibility is to scout for
What have you found
to be the best approach to
Each year seed and chemical companies roll out new products and technology; universities constantly test these products and compare the results. The best way I’ve found to gather and make sense of all of this information is to go to consultant conferences. Arkansas has a very good conference, then I will attend another good one in Alexandria, La. By the time I add a meeting in Alabama, I’ll have heard just about everything that’s new. You have to sit through a lot of repetition, but you never fail to learn something that will help you make your customers money.
As we look to the future, how would you describe the role of the cotton consultant as the industry continues to evolve?
As I look to the future of
farming and consulting, one word comes to mind – adaptation. As
many innovations as we’ve had as an industry in the past few years
– boll weevil eradication, Bt technology, Roundup Ready (RR) varieties,
etc. – new challenges have popped up. Stinkbugs, plant bug resistance
to some chemicals and looming RR resistance in some of our major weed
species will keep us on our toes and adapting for years to come. Those
who adapt quickly will survive and even thrive; those who don’t
may be in trouble. As consultants our job will be to stay on top of
What has been the most rewarding part of your profession?
I have always loved farming and being able to work closely with others in this industry. This is the perfect life for me. I’m a man who loves what he does for a living.