“You know you have your increased expenses that come along with your cotton crop as opposed to corn, or milo, or soybeans , or wheat.”
John Malazzo farms in the Brazos River bottom and says that many people don’t have the infrastructure it would take t make a 100% switch to cotton.
“We don’t have enough irrigation for one time period, or for example, cotton will need water during the month of July. Well, we may not have enough irrigation for all of our farmland acres. We like to rotate so we can water some corn in June and then we’d switch those wells over to the cotton in July, so it’s hard for us to plant every acre in one crop.”
Different crops have different risks.
“Your major risk here in the Brazos bottom with corn is a dry summer and aflatoxin issues. Your risk with cotton is your harvest weather, because that’s during the hurricane season, so you have to balance that out in your mind, and it’s always been a good idea to diversify.”
Malazzo guesses there could be as much as a fifty per cent switch of acres to cotton.
“I think you’ll see people change some corn acres into cotton acres. I don’t think it’s gonna be a hundred per cent. I don’t think you’ll see very many people going one hundred per cent cotton just because it’s at a high price. I don’t know that it would make good business, if you look at it from a bankers perspective, I don’t know that it would make good sense.”
So it appears even with the historic high price of cotton, agriculture in the Brazos valley will continue to be dominated by the three Cs; cattle, cotton, and corn. I’m Ashley Batey, Looking at Brazos Valley agriculture, From The Ground Up.