“Although I grew up in Lubbock in the middle of the biggest cotton patch in the world, I wanted to be a horse veterinarian,” says Texas cotton consultant Mark Scott. “I completed my pre-vet medicine courses at Texas Tech University, applied to veterinarian school and then decided to take a beginning entomology course to fill time while waiting for classes to begin in the fall.
“About halfway through the course, I realized I had found my passion. I changed my major to entomology and agronomy and couldn’t wait to get to school to learn about insects and agriculture.
“At that time, Texas Tech had the largest entomology undergraduate class in the nation. The industry was waiting in line to get entomology students from Texas Tech because we had so much practical field experience in production agriculture. My first job in entomology was as a scout for the Texas A&M Integrated Pest Management program north of Lubbock.
“I soon learned that entomology and field crop work are not black and white. Things are always changing. Mother Nature will throw you a curve ball when you are waiting for a fastball.”
Read more about Scott of Slaton, Texas, in the special 2018 Cotton Consultant of the Year tribute.