Cotton production, says Gaines County, Texas, farmer Wesley Butchee, is like a three-legged stool: “You have to have all three legs for a stool to work. And you can’t short-change a cotton crop. There are so many things you have to do to make cotton. We have to have a certain amount of seed, fuel and fertilizer.”
Even following a year as disheartening as 2011, Butchee doesn’t believe in skimping on the essentials.
But he’s tweaking a few things to improve efficiency.