Chris Porter keeps the lessons he learned from his father and grandfather close to his heart. The third generation to nurture his family’s farm in the Missouri Bootheel, he keeps two pieces of advice his dad shared top of mind:
- Any job worth doing is worth doing right.
- Don’t ask an employee to do anything you wouldn’t do yourself.
“I farm because my dad and my granddad farmed,” Porter says. “I always wanted to be a farmer like my dad. That’s what I’ve always said growing up. It’s what I would always write on my school paper when the teacher asked what we wanted to be.”
Porter continues to build on his family’s legacy by looking at new technologies and farming practices. He has adopted minimum tillage. He’s incorporating cover crops where appropriate. He also evaluates seed and weed control options as he tries to learn about new or different products such as PhytoGen® cottonseed and the Enlist™ weed control system.
The great vigor of PhytoGen cottonseed enticed Porter to plant three varieties this year. He calls the yield potential amazing.
“I chose PhytoGen because of how well it performs. It’s almost like why wouldn’t you try this?” Porter says. “Enlist was a bonus that I knew I could use to help control the pigweed.”
Like many others in his area, pigweed is the biggest problem weed Porter battles. He also has seen a resurgence around the field edges of Johnsongrass, cocklebur and wild cotton.
“I was just in Texas on a farm tour and, although we’re 1,800 miles apart, we still see the same struggles with pigweed,” Porter says. “We are relying on preemergents more and more. We try to start as clean as possible with our burndown program. We want to plant into a field where nothing will inhibit the crop.”
Following the preemergence application this year, Porter tank-mixed Enlist One™ herbicide with Warrant herbicide for additional broadleaf and grass control. About 20 days later, he sprayed another residual followed by a second tank-mix application of Enlist One and glufosinate.
“Seeing Enlist One work really draws me to it more,” Porter says. “You have to be mindful of how big the weeds are, but it can control pigweed with timely applications.”
For Porter, keeping the weeds under control is as important as the yield. Clean fields give him a sense of pride.
He knew the importance of following label requirements and best management practices for an on-target application. He placed Flag the Technology markers for Enlist in his fields of PhytoGen cotton with the Enlist trait to make fields of Enlist cotton easier to identify and help avoid misapplications.
Porter also notifies neighbors when he is spraying. That way, if they have questions, they can talk with him.
“Our spray rig operator is as careful as possible,” Porter says. “He’s a good steward. We will stop if the wind direction changes. We will slow down to get good coverage. It goes back to Dad’s advice of doing the job right the first time.”
Porter intends to pass those wise words of advice to the fourth generation: his 5-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter. “My son says the same thing I did growing up: ‘I want to be a farmer like my daddy,’” Porter says with a big smile.
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