When Kris Verett headed off to college some ten years ago he had no plans to come back to the West Texas farm where he had grown up and worked since he was old enough to handle chores.

He thought engineering might be a possibility when he entered Texas A&M University but quickly decided on a curriculum in an ag-related field. He earned a double major—entomology and agronomy—but was still leaning toward working in industry rather than in the fields near Ralls, Texas.

He thought graduate school might help him focus a bit. “I was thinking about working as an industry sales rep or something,” he says. “I had worked on the farm all my life, full-time in the summers.”

Graduate school took him to Texas Tech, in Lubbock, just a short drive from the Crosby County family farm. So while he was working on a master’s degree in crop science, he started working on the farm again. “I discovered just how much I had missed it,” he says. About mid-way through his graduate work, he decided that farming was where he needed to be.

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Seems like a good decision. At 28, Verett achieved a milestone—one-ton cotton. He made that on one 40-acre and one 105-acre block last year and was recognized by FiberMax as a member of their One-ton Club during the recent Texas Gin Show in Lubbock.

He made those yields with FM 2989 and FM 9170.

Both blocks were planted on subsurface drip irrigation.