“Water availability will be the million dollar question,” he says. “We will continue to see more restrictions. The answer to water limitations will not be to tie five or six small wells together.”

He wants to concentrate water on the best land—half circles, perhaps—rotate with winter wheat then summer fallow and possibly plant more dryland cotton. “We will see more dryland cotton in the area, but I hope to see cotton remain an important part of the crop mix.”

They will plant some milo this year but he prefers winter wheat. “It’s just a better rotation crop for us.”

At 28, Kris Verett is looking forward to a career he had not planned on until he got away from it for awhile. He can name a few other young farmers in the area who are near his age, “but not many.” He also realizes that farming comes with few guarantees other than had work, long hours and frequent disappointment.

But he’s prepared with two good degrees and some good mentors who have steered him well so far.


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