John McDowell farms with his two brothers Mark and Pat in the sandy loam soils of Shamrock, Texas. To conserve water while increasing yields, he's transitioned to a skip-row planting system, along with designing a fertilizer rig that places the fertilizer directly on the crop.
While McDowell may not battle crop insects and disease, he does battle deer. Over the last eight years, the McDowell brothers have built 16 miles of fencing around their farms and are starting to build their 17th.
Look at this photo gallery to learn more about McDowell and his operation and a "must-see" if you're traveling Route 66.
To read more about McDowell's operation, see Red River farmer implements skip-row system, battles deer