The tour began at Stanley Schilling’s farm to inspect his corn crop.
Schilling addressed the crowd of two dozen farmers and said the Pioneer seed planted had been “worked on genetically and it uses 25 percent less water.” He went on to discuss the new technology Pioneer is working on that cuts down on the dependence of herbicides and chemicals.
Following that, Roy Parker, Extension entomologist at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Corpus Christi, said, as he examined Shilling’s corn, “There are just a few kernels that are damaged but, it’s not bad.” He went on to say, “We won’t know until harvest which seed treatment is the best to pay for chinch bugs.”
The next stop was the Krietsch farm to inspect the DeKalb corn and cotton.
Alan Krietsch said that he planted the corn in late February but never had an opportunity to cultivate the fields. He went on to say “there was never enough rain” and that he used “little seed treatment.”
As for the cotton, Krietsch said he