Steve Moseley Interviews Allan Warren about Soysoap on Cotton. Well if you look at the history of the farm and Cotton, at
930 pounds or so on the best years versus 1263. That is another over 300 pounds per acre. Cotton prices dropped this year, but when you figure it all up, it comes out to 210 dollars
per acre more! We got nearly a 25:1 return on investment then, that with just one spraying. That is correct Iíd give you a dollar everyday if you give me 25 back.
I think you can make a habit out of that.
Steve: We are standing out here today in the edge of a cotton field talking to Allan Warren who has been using our product with the Soysoap on his cotton this year.
And we have been out taking a few samples of the root system that is on his cotton. Tell us a little bit about what you did this year Allan on your cotton that you grew this year.
Allan: Well on my cotton I didnít find out about the Soysoap until it was later than really recommended spray. In other words from what Iíve heard you need to spray it
as early as possible, three or four leaf stages. I sprayed this cotton when it was probably in the seventh or eighth leaf state. The cotton was actually about this tall when I
sprayed it. After I sprayed it, I noticed that it really started to take on a good canopy, which is what you want. You want a stalky plant; you donít want a big tall, leggy plant, stalky.
Allan: And I donít, it just, it just grew good and you see its root system is good. The stalks are healthy now. These size stalks you wouldnít ordinarily see I donít
think in the cotton I had planted as thick as I did. When I say thick I mean, it would probably averaging three and a half tall plants per foot. Ordinarily on cotton in this
area, two plants per foot, two to three is a plenty. So that extra plant per foot, you wouldnít ordinarily see stalks this big, or roots that big. Another thing I noticed about
them was how all the taproots grow down straight. A lot of times with cotton, you see the tap roots shoot off to the side. Where these go straight down you know the moisture is
deeper the taproot goes the more moisture it will get. I was really impressed. The land I had on cotton this year in the past, the best average we ever came up with was just about
900 pounds and probably 935 or something like that. This year on these fields, I averaged 1260 pounds of cotton. Granted it was a decent growing season but that much difference,
something else had to do with something.
Steve: Yeah you said normally, in a perfect year, normally about 900 pounds.
Allan: 935 on a good year is about what this farm has done.
Steve: Have you ever seen a root system on a cotton plant?
Allan: Thatís impressive. That sounds pretty impressive right there. If you donít have it under the ground, you ain't going to make it on the top of the ground.
Steve: That is right. That is exactly right.
Allan: It was just a good, a good manageable crop. Cotton is one of those crops that you really have to pay attention to through the growth stages. What you do, when
you do it, how manageable is it? The easier manageable crop then the easier it is on the farm.
Steve: Well what would you tell other farmers who have never used this product before?
Allan: Iíll tell you I sprayed it one time this year and next year Iím going to spray it at least twice. Iím going to get it out early and Iím going to hit it
again when -- after it starts squaring good. Thatís my plan for this coming year. And the rate that I used was eight ounce broadcast or four ounce banding. A lot of
farmers do not like banding but just depend on what farmers --
Steve: Itís a little more labor intensive to do the banding than it is to put it out there.
Allan: That is true. That is true. One way or another youíre getting the amount of chemical on the plant. Fortunately, it gets a little bigger and you need to
broadcast it to get a good coverage, but when itís a small plant. Thatís what I am planning to do this year.
Steve: Get it on early and get the maximum benefits from it.
Allan: That is right. That is right.
Steve: Well thank you Allan, we appreciate you telling me something on the cotton today, it really looks good.
Allan: Yeah it does.
Steve: Allan based on this yearís crop and everything, the increase and the pounded that you have; how do you think that it added to your bottom line this year?
Allan: Well if you look at the history of the farm, at 930 pounds or so on the best years versus 1263. That is another over 300 pounds per acre. Cotton prices
dropped this year, but when you figure it all up, it comes out to 210 dollars per acre more; is that right?
Steve: I figure that yeah.
Allan: About 300 pounds and around 70-cent cotton, somewhere in that neighborhood. So that comes out to a good return if I spray this crop. And I already sprayed it once.
And If I sprayed it twice, you are looking at what, 10, or 12 one return on the money.
Steve: Exactly. So you actually did lot better than that, by just spraying it once this time, so you wound up with about Ė nearly a 25:1 return on investment then,
that with just one spraying.
Allan: That is correct Iíd give you a dollar everyday if you give me 25 back. I think you can make a habit out of that.
Steve: We would get broke pretty quick.
Allan: One of you would, but anyway, I -- next year I will spray it twice and with what Iíve seen, I just donít see how you could go wrong.