Following bad year, skimping not an option

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.

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