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.
ASHELY BUTCHEE, fresh off exam week at Texas Tech, helps her father Wesley plant the 2012 cotton crop.
BUBBLERS, set 18 inches above the ground on this LEPA irrigation system, are as efficient as drag hoses, says Wesley Butchee, above, who farms in Gaines County, Texas.
COTTON PLANTING was just about half done in late May for Wesley Butchee, Gaines County, Texas farmer.
GOOD HELP may be hard to find but Ashlee Butchee proves to be a good hand at cotton planting time for her father Wesley, who farms in Gaines County, Texas.
PHONE TECHNOLOGY help control Wesley Butchee’s center pivot irrigation system. Technology, he says, has improved farm efficiency but production costs are still too high.
WESLEY BUTCHEE instructs his daughter Ashley as she prepares to plant cotton in Gaines County, Texas.