Fibermax Ag Student of the Week, Britton Pointer

Reported by: Rebecca Rivers
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Updated: 10/29/2013 8:53 am
Your average fifth grader is probably preoccupied with the latest video game or their favorite TV show. 

But all Britton Pointer wants to do is farm. He said that growing cotton and grain sorghum is his passion. 

"One time a friend invited me over and wanted to play all these video games and stuff, and I had no idea how to do it," Pointer said. 

So what does Pointer spend most of his time doing? 

"Work and farming, that's all I do," Pointer said. "That's just it." 

Britton is a fourth generation Lamb County farmer. 

He's following in the footsteps of his dad, grandad and even great grandfather. 

Britton said that his grandad has taught him everything he knows about farming. 

"I mean, he's like a dad to me," Pointer said. "He's just the best thing in the whole wide world. He's meant a bunch to me. He's taught me just how to be a farmer and just all of the 19 yards, I mean he has taught me so much and told me all the stuff to do, he's meant a bunch to me." 

But what makes this year really special is that the 2013 crop is the first crop Britton has farmed from start to finish all by himself. 

"This is my first time ever driving a tractor all by myself and having my own field," Pointer said. "First you got to chisel it up and list it, and then you rod weed it and plant it, and spray it a couple of times with Roundup and kill the weeds, then defoliate it and strip it."

And as cotton season comes to a close, Britton is more than pleased with his first crop and is preparing for harvest. 

"Cotton has a tap root in it, and you can usually find a three lock, a four lock, and a five lock," Pointer said. "Like this is a three lock of cotton because there's three burrs on it. First it will turn into a bloom, and then it will turn into a boll, like that kinda but way bigger, and then it just opens up with cotton right there." 

Even though his first year did pose challenges such as drought and hail, Britton is taking it all in stride as experience under his belt. 

"I've learned that none of it is easy," Pointer said. "It's just really risky and it's just a pretty hard thing to do." 

That was Britton Pointer, our FiberMax Ag Student of the Week, helping us all have a bit more confidence in the next generation as well knowing who is going to feed and clothe our world for years to come. 
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