“We’re going to make a better crop than normal, I guess, and we did spend a lot of money on fuel and we did a lot of irrigating, but we got a lot of timely showers a lot of people didn’t get.”
But the rain the Brazos Bottom got after Joe Wilder began picking his cotton caused some problems.
“We don’t know how much. We’ll lose a percent. We’ll lose a grade. We’ll lose a little cotton on the ground.”
And you can find a silver lining in most situations if you look hard enough.
“It was horrible trying to pick in all the dust.”
The Wilders are also in the cattle business.
“For the cattle end of it, the rain was great. We needed it. It’s gonna make us make another cutting of hay that we probably wouldn’t have made. You know, from the cotton end, it’s gonna hurt us, but that’s one thing about agriculture, you give and take. You gain on one side and lose on the other side and hope that it all averages out.”
Wilder said his milo crop turned out to be above average.
“This has been one of the strangest years I’ve ever seen in 43 or 44 years I’ve been farming. I had some of my best sandy land that I irrigated with milo that cut 5500 pounds. I had some heavy black land that I never irrigated, that cut over 7000 pounds. This isn’t normal. I don’t have an answer, other than we got a few showers at the right time and everything worked out like it was supposed to.”
The chess match with Mother Nature continues. I’m Joe Brown, looking at Brazos Valley agriculture, From the Ground Up.