Varieties make a difference, he says. “A lot of good ones are available, so we research the ones we think might work.” He’ll plant FM 2484 and FM 9170 this year, along with some Phytogen 499 and NexGen 4012. “I will try some new ones to see how they work.”

He says technology, including improved varieties, “allows us to do what we do. I look forward to seeing water-efficient varieties. It will take continued use of the GMO technology to be successful in the future.”

Verett is pleased to be back on the farm and looks forward to building a career, but he’s also appreciative of the support he has from his father, Steve, and his Uncle Eddie. “They have been good support and very influential. They have a wealth of knowledge from farming for some 50 years.”

He worked with his Uncle Eddie a lot with day-to-day operations, “even when I first started driving a tractor. I once asked him how much I’d get paid and he said, ‘get paid, you ought to pay me for the education you’re getting.’”

Verett says he appreciates his college degrees but never assumes he knows everything on the farm. “There are a lot of things I can’t learn in a classroom. But my dad and uncle support me and appreciate the areas of strength I have developed from school. I am fortunate to be in the position I’m in.”

He looks to the future thinking about growth. “I’d like to take on some more acreage.” But expansion comes with challenges. “Labor is hard to find,” he says. “But we’re going to 16-row equipment so we can do more with fewer people.

“Expanding also has to be profitable. We will use advanced irrigation technology to improve efficiency.” He says things like controlling irrigation systems with a cell phone helps manage time. And GPS technology is an essential tool.

He says the opportunity to expand should be possible as area farmers begin to retire and land becomes available.