Milo proving to be good replacement for cotton

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Updated: 7/08/2013 4:22 pm
"This is what's left of the crop that we planted back in May," Burt Heinrich said. "The first week of May we were over here planting and the hail I mean beat it to nothing, it was a pretty severe hail storm and it was small hail so it didn't hurt our buildings and stuff. which we're thankful for that." 

Heinrich is one of many local cotton farmers that lost their cotton crop for this season thanks to the storms earlier in June. 

But thanks to crop insurance Heinrich is able to keep his fourth generation farm operational.  

"We're very thankful that we've got it," Heinrich said about crop insurance. "That's what's going to keep us in business because that will let us repay the bank back on all the money that we've got borrowed in this crop."

One of the stipulations of crop insurance is that after you make a claim you cannot plant the same crop again.  

So with that comes a plan b crop and  for the past few weeks Heinrich has been busy planting and getting another crop to come up in place of the lost cotton. 

"We've got a full grain crop planted everywhere where we had cotton," Heinrich said. "We lost about 90 percent of our cotton because we was all in that one streak. It planted over good, we're just going to a plan b crop and that's what we're doing. We are planting milo, price on milo is good. We anticipate on our irrigated land making a decent milo crop and trying to sell it right and be OK on that."  

Now when it comes to protecting his investment into milo there is only one thing that Heinrich can do.  

"We're going to buy some hail insurance on it in case it does hail," Heinrich said. "But as far as being able to put crop insurance on it we cannot. It's a second crop and you can only insure one crop a year and that's fair we can make due with that, we'll be OK. We're thankful we had insurance on the first crop because that was the main one." 

Heinrich hopes to get a good crop out of the milo he has planted but mother nature will need to be on his side and lend a helping hand during the next few months to do so 

"We're going to need some more rain, we were lucky enough to get enough to plant it but our ground is still way dry underneath," Heinrich said. "When we've got better we can make more grain but it's expensive to water all summer and if we don't get any help at all you know it's hard to make a real good crop of milo with just our wells. Because we don't have as much water as we use to have. We just need rain and decent weather."  

Now all Heinrich can do is sit and wait and hope that the rain will come without the addition of wind or hail mixed in. 
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