Two of the nation’s largest corn growers, David Hula from Charles City, Virginia, and Randy Dowdy from Valdosta, Georgia were in the audience Thursday at the 2017 Commodity Classic in San Antonio listening to a panel of growers from Arkansas, Texas, Illinois, and Oklahoma speaking to a packed house about some of their management techniques and practices. SFN’s Rhonda Garrison was there, too.
“Well, I think that it just reinforces the importance of getting things done right and how we evaluate products. It’s the relationships. You’ve got to learn from other people. Being part of a panel, or just watching a panel, you get to see how other folks realize and evaluate stuff. Then you get to share ideas. I think all of those are important.”
Rhonda: What was something that you may have heard, that you maybe haven’t given a lot of thought to before?
David: “They talked about the hormones. You know everybody’s evaluating those in a different kind of way. So they were talking about some products there. We kind’ve have to learn from each other.”
Rhonda: Randy, of course we talked to you about 6 weeks ago in Raleigh. Did you hear anything today that you maybe haven’t thought about before, or would like to try?
Randy: I really didn’t learn anything that he hadn’t already been doing. But we did get some reinforcement from the fact that different people from different parts of the country are doing some of the same things that we are doing. So, that’s always a good sign that we tested it, we know that it works when we do things repeatedly on our farm. But it’s always nice to hear that other guys are doing some of the practices.
Rhonda: Both of you gentleman are from the east coast. And none of the people on the panel were. Did you find that kind’ve interesting that you’ll do the same thing.
Randy: Well, I understood why they had those guys up here. They have been speaking for them for a while. It just goes to show that there’s some great potential in the mid-south, and the delta and the mid-west are making some good yields. Those guys need recognition. We get our fair share. Those guys need to have the opportunity. It’s always good to collaborate with them, build relationships, and have a good time doing it.
Rhonda: David, just one last question. Did you learn something maybe from the mid-westerners that you might like to take back to the east coast?
David: Well we are always trying to learn more. But like Randy said, a lot of the technologies that they introduced, we’ve been exposed to it in the past. It’s just kind’ve hard to come up with new ideas.
Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison from the 2017 Commodity Classic in San Antonio.