Ag industry wish lists for 2011


Dec. 27, 2010 at 6:27 a.m.
Updated Dec. 28, 2010 at 6:28 a.m.

Christmas might just have ended, but the time for gift-giving isn't necessarily over yet. Sometimes, the best gifts aren't the ones that fit underneath the tree.

Here, a few people in the Crossroads' agriculture industry explain what tops their wish lists for 2011.

Agriculturalists always have a variety of items they want, Joe McGuill, with Refugio's McGuill Cattle Co., said with a laugh. He said he hoped to see cheaper operating costs in the coming year.

"The fertilizers we use on our pastures and farms are quite expensive, and planting seed is quite expensive, too," he said. "It would be nice to see those go down."

Increased cattle prices would also help ranchers become more profitable, he said.

Prices for farm commodities ended on a high note in 2010, and it would help if 2011 brought the same numbers, said Norbert Popp, with A&R Grain in Ganado. Favorable weather wouldn't hurt either, he said.

"We could really use it," Popp said. "If we get that favorable weather, everything else will fall into place."

Mike Hiller, Jackson County's extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, agreed.

Weather patterns can make or break a growing season, he said, explaining that 2010's sorghum crops suffered because moisture came at the wrong time.

By the same token, however, 2010 ended a bit on the dry side.

"I would like to see a year with some more moisture," Hiller said. "It would help."



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