“Everything was going pretty good until July when we started getting all the rains and we couldn’t get our growth regulator on there and then the rain kept knocking off, kept aborting the squares, the blooms and stuff when it would rain on it, so the cotton got into a real vegetative growth and we couldn’t get our growth regulator on it so it got awful big on us and for while there we didn’t think we were going to have anything to pick”
Henry and Walter Vajdak farm in south Burleson County.
“As far as rains in July this was very unusual, to get this often a rain, and amount of rain, and we didn’t get a flood out of the whole deal and that was something, it came close.”
We asked if a wet year was easier to deal with than a dry year for a dry land farmer.
“Every year is different and you just gotta go, you just can’t look back. You kind of learn from experience, but it’s never the same, it’s always a new challenge every year.”
All of the July rain made cotton yields hard to predict.
“It wasn’t a disaster, I guess you’d call it a mess, I thought. Back then you had a little cotton at the bottom, and no cotton in the middle, and a bunch of cotton on top, and that’s not an ideal situation. We got to looking at it, and all the bolls on top and we said that might do a bale, a little over a bale at best.”
But it turned out a lot better than it looked. Steve Vajdak became a partner in this operation in 2001.
“I think it’s probably a little above average, for us on a dry land year, we’re probably somewhere in the two bale to two and a quarter in most fields per acre, so we’re fairly happy with that.”
As Forrest Gump’s mom said, “life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.” So is farming.