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• BS degree
in Ag Management from Louisiana Tech
• Member of LACA and NAICC
• A licensed consultant since 1989
• Farms about 1,000 acres on the side with his father, Carvel
• Enjoys spending time with his wife, Christie, attending church and
hunting in the winter
In this Q&A interview, White 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?
Our main goal is to make
farmers money. We do full
range work: insects, weeds, disease and fertility on
most of the crops grown in this area with the exception
of rice. As far as precision ag, we have a few growers
who are using variable rate defoliation and fertilizer.
On my farm, I began doing variable rate PGR work four
years ago and variable rate nitrogen three years ago.
Now I do variable rate phosphate, potash then nitrogen
based on soil EC zones. I use InTime for the variable
rate defoliants and PGR applications. If I’m going to
cost somebody money, I’d rather it happen on my farm
than on somebody’s farm that I am working for. I can
lead by example rather than telling them what to do and
learning from their mistakes. I can learn from my own
mistakes, then help them out when they are ready.
What have you found
to be the best approach to
processing information/technology and sharing
it with your farmer clients?
With all of the new seed
technology coming out, it’s going
to be very important for consultants to stay abreast of the
changes that are happening. This is an exciting time to be
farming because there are greater “toys” out there to play
with than ever before. We need to work with some of the new varieties
to figure out where the weak points are, so our growers plant 20 to
25 percent of the new technology on their farms. Then we can look at
it and determine how to best utilize it on our growers’ operations.
As we look to the
future, how would you describe the role of the cotton
consultant as the industry continues to evolve?
The consultant’s job
is going to be even more important as technology evolves. We used to
look at a field as one field, but with variable rate technology, we
actually have seven or eight different fields in that one field. You’re
looking at more management zones rather than looking at it on a field-by-field
basis. The consultant is going to be more critical in helping to decide
what to do, when to spend money on new tehnology and where to start
as far as precision farming. I can see 15 years from now that I won’t
be working as many acres. But I’ll be more involved in the day-today
management of the acres that I will be working.
What has been the
most rewarding part of your profession?
The most rewarding part
of my profession is to see my growers get their crops out of the field
before any weather sets in and make money. This question was easy. Just
let us get to the end of the year and make some money!