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Oklahoma producer begins cotton harvest, diversifies with new crop

Granite FFA students help transplant chile peppers on Mark Thornbrough's farm.

Shelley E. Huguley

October 29, 2020

Harvest is underway on Mark Thornbrough's farm near Granite, Okla. Farm Press caught up with him as he was stripping his dryland cotton on a windy, warm October afternoon.

Watch the video to learn more about his season, planting chile peppers for the first time and sharing "custody" of a stripper baler. 

Also, featured throughout the video are photos of his wife Meredith with their four children,  who came to the field for a turn to ride the cotton stripper with their daddy. 

(Transplant video clips and photos courtesy of Thornbrough and Granite FFA advisor Kyle Norvell.)

About the Author(s)

Shelley E. Huguley

Editor, Southwest Farm Press

Shelley Huguley has been involved in agriculture for the last 25 years. She began her career in agricultural communications at the Texas Forest Service West Texas Nursery in Lubbock, where she developed and produced the Windbreak Quarterly, a newspaper about windbreak trees and their benefit to wildlife, production agriculture and livestock operations. While with the Forest Service she also served as an information officer and team leader on fires during the 1998 fire season and later produced the Firebrands newsletter that was distributed quarterly throughout Texas to Volunteer Fire Departments. Her most personal involvement in agriculture also came in 1998, when she married the love of her life and cotton farmer Preston Huguley of Olton, Texas. As a farmwife she knows first-hand the ups and downs of farming, the endless decisions that have to be made each season based on “if” it rains, “if” the drought continues, “if” the market holds. She is the bookkeeper for their family farming operation and cherishes moments on the farm such as taking harvest meals to the field or starting a sprinkler in the summer with the whole family lending a hand. Shelley has also freelanced for agricultural companies such as Olton CO-OP Gin, producing the newsletter Cotton Connections while also designing marketing materials to promote the gin. She has published articles in agricultural publications such as Southwest Farm Press while also volunteering her marketing and writing skills to non-profit organizations such a Refuge Services, an equine-assisted therapy group in Lubbock. She and her husband reside in Olton with their three children Breely, Brennon and HalleeKate.

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