Dr. Peter Dotray is a professor of weed science at Texas Tech University and holds a joint appointment with Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension, where he is the Extension Weed Specialist on the High Plains. We talked about what first piqued his interest about weed science, the updated dicamba label, and the challenges of controlling weeds on the South Plains. Podcast Music: Kody West || "Melody" (used with permission)
Jennifer Blackburn is the External Affairs Director for National Sorghum Producers and the Sorghum Check-Off. We talked about some of the interesting new uses for grain sorghum, why agriculture means everything to her, and the Sorghum Smart Talk podcast. (Plus fun fact, she was on the National Champion Livestock Judging team for Tech a few years back -- wreck 'em!)
Go check out Sorghum Smart Talk Podcast (iTunes + Spotify + all other podcast platforms)! Podcast Music: Kody West || "Melody"
Emory Geye is a senior plant and soil science student at Texas Tech from Rising Star, where he and his family farm cotton and peanuts. He talks about starting out as a young farmer, his thoughts about the future of farming and taking care of the soil, and the importance of farming to his family. Podcast Music: Kody West: "Melody" (used with permission)
Janet Thornton is an education specialist for the Region 17 Education Service Center and has lived on the South Plains her entire life. We talked about the challenges that rural school districts face, how small communities can retain teachers, opportunities for young people back in their small communities, and similarities between farming and teaching. Podcast Music: Kody West || "Melody"
Kody Bessent, who is the vice president of operations and legislative affairs for Plains Cotton Growers, talks about being a voice for cotton farmers and communicating their needs in Austin and Washington and, D.C., the 2018 Farm Bill, agricultural trade issues, and his deep roots in agriculture on the South Plains.
Tim Cooper is the District Seed Manager for WinField United (the ag division of Land O'Lakes) in the West Texas and New Mexico region. We talked about changes in the cotton industry around the South Plains, the importance of communicating and promoting agriculture, as well as his thoughts on how technology and farm operation size will continue to change in the future.
Katy Sutton and Freddy Harkey are a father-daughter farming team, who both farm in Lubbock County. They talk about their respective farming operations, their philosophies on making crop input decisions, and where they think the future of the cotton industry on the South Plains is heading. -- I apologize for the slight sound malfunction towards the later part of the episode. My mic was acting up! -- Podcast Music: Kody West "Melody"
Allen Crausbay owned and operated Crosby County Pump and Machine for over 40 years, a business that his family started in the 1950s. He talked about how his business has helped farmers, how to fit the right pump to the right well, and how to treat people right in business. -- "If you can control your own destiny, that’ll be the best position you’ll ever be in." -- Podcast Host: Ciera Ware || Podcast Music: Kody West "Melody"
If you’ve ever had questions about what the heck Farming on Mars is, why I’m doing this podcast, or the landscape of West Texas, listen to this quick little episode! Thank you so much to all of the listeners so far (shout out to everyone from outside of Texas, there's a bunch of y’all)! --- Podcast Host: Ciera Ware || Podcast Music: Kody West (used with permission) --- Quotes from this podcast: Taken from "The Time It Never Rained” by Elmer Kelton & “El Llano Estacado” by John Miller Morris