Value Added Crops

By: Joe Brown
By: Joe Brown

“We’re still looking for something that will work a little better, you know something that will work better than what we’re doing.”

Goodland farms manager Jess McCrory says in addition to cotton, they grow rice and food grade corn and soybeans.

“The corn goes into people like Frito-Lay. It’s white corn, so it’s made into tortillas.”

“The soybeans mainly go into the cattle industry. They’re food grade soybeans, but they go into making soy milk and oil and meal.”

Food grade crops are more difficult to grow because genetically modified varieties can’t be used.

“We can use RoundUp as a burn down before we, when we plant before the beans come up. The rest of the time weed control is pretty difficult for us. It’s not impossible, and we’re able to do it.”

Food grade corn has to be at least a half-mile away from any genetically modified corn.

“Usually we’ll have cotton next to us and we’ll plant soybeans by that and it won’t be a problem. The corn can be a problem. Most everyone grows yellow corn, we’re the only one growing white corn even, so it shows up pretty quick if you do have some cross-pollination.”

McCrory says he’s constantly looking for ways to increase The bottom line with value added crops.

“We feel like that’s something we’ve got to do. We just don’t feel like we can make it, in an agricultural community now that’s so competitive, there’s just no profit there.”

I’m Joe Brown, looking at Brazos Valley agriculture, From the Ground Up.

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