Farm production takes planning

Dec. 2, 2017 at 5:48 p.m.
Updated Dec. 3, 2017 at 1 a.m.

 Matt Bochat

Matt Bochat   FRANK TILLEY for The Victoria Advocate

Matt Bochat

Most people in today's society take for granted many of the things that are available when they go to the store or do any online shopping.

Our country is full of the latest and greatest agricultural products. There are rarely any shortages. We don't even think twice about their safety or where and how they were produced.

For example, does anyone ever worry if there will be any blue jeans available when they go to any store? Of course not. They expect many different styles, prices and brands (because many times they've seen them on ads in newspapers, television, online ads, radio and more).

The same is true for food products. When you enter a grocery store, you are able to purchase all the items on your list and usually throw in items that aren't on the list (as the stores depend on you to do).

How does all this supply happen? Where do all these products come from? How are farmers able to produce enough for the demand?

The answer is planning and marketing.

Agricultural production is a complex and technical operation that takes management from start to finish to get the appropriate amount of product distributed. If you spend much time around farmers (like I do), you will notice a pattern of thinking. They are always asking questions and looking for better, more cost-effective methods to produce and market their crops (commodities) to see the highest return on their investment.

Make no mistake, farming is very risky and expensive. Decisions, good or bad, can drastically affect the bottom line come harvest and selling time.

Consequently, farmers become interested in any opportunity for quality, relevant education. We have put together just such an opportunity.

The Victoria Cotton and Grain Risk Management and Marketing Workshop is set for Tuesday with registration 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The event will be at the Victoria Educational Gardens Pavilion, 333 Bachelor Drive, at the Victoria Regional Airport. Cost will be $20 per person, and this will include training materials, refreshments, lunch and two continuing education units for pesticide license recertification.

The program will begin with Mac Young, extension specialist, who will discuss "Budgeting Decision Tools to Determine Breakeven."

He will be followed by Francie Tolle, USDA Risk Management, who will provide an update from her office.

Jeff Nunley, executive director of the Texas Cotton and Grain Association, will then present a session on 2018 crop insurance choices.

Stephen Klose, extension economist, will provide information on the crop insurance decision tool.

Mark Welch, extension economist, will help farmers develop a management plan using insurance.

John Robinson, extension economist, will discuss "Cotton Marketing Tools and Strategies."

Welch will come back and discuss "Grain Marketing Tools and Strategies."

We will finish the day with John Metz, meteorologist from the National Weather Service, who will provide mid- and long-term weather forecasts.

As you can see, the day will be filled with exemplary and timely information for farmers and agribusiness folks.

If you plan to attend, call the office at 361-575-4581 to RSVP. We look forward to seeing you Tuesday.

Matt Bochat is a County Extension Agent - Ag/Natural Resources Victoria County Texas A&M Agrilife Extension.



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