Thanks to the vast expanse of the Ogallala Aquifer, irrigated corn production in the Texas Panhandle is possible. But farmers are hopeful that future releases of new biotech corn varieties with drought tolerance may help improve their bottom lines, as well as conserve precious water resources.
Wesley Spurlock, of Stratford, Texas, is a grower who spends his winters carefully weighing his varietal options against his input costs before any final planting decisions. Spurlock and his family--wife Susie, son Walter and daughter Jennie--farm 9,000 acres of center pivot-irrigated land in Sherman County. They rotate corn with cotton, winter wheat, triticale seed and seed sorghum. [Read More]