Updated: Aug 21, 2020
Almost anything in life you want to do or achieve can be done by doing the same thing. For instance, if I follow the recipe on my great grandmother's chicken and dumplings, I should be able to make it almost exactly like her's. Let's be honest we can never 100% duplicate our grandmothers cooking, but my point is we can get close. We, as farmers, should be able to instill the same logic into farming. Much like a recipe, if we write down exactly what we did the year before on our crop and do the exact same thing the following year, in theory we should be able to achieve the same results or very close.
The only variable that messes this whole theory up is weather. Weather in farming can make or break you. Too much rain, not enough rain, too hot and too cold are just some of things that make your perfect 3 bale cotton recipe fall flat. Also, disease pressure and insect infestation changes from year to year, as well. I'm still finding white flies from 2017. And let's not even talk about hurricanes!!! Well, since I mentioned it I guess we are. Hurricane Michael devastated our area and that's something completely out of our control! Personally we had over 230 acres that we didn't even pick because it was all on the ground and the cotton that we were able to pick did good to average a bale! Also we had 9 pivots flipped. Ouch, that hurt. So at the end of the day there are way too many variables for the perfect recipe for farming. What works this year may not work next year. Farming is a complex beast and if you wanna be successful you have to be quick on your feet and always looking for that perfect recipe.