For the last 50 years, Joe McFerrin has been farming near Cotton Center, Texas. This is the first time he and his daughter Shelley Berry and her husband Shane have grown black-eyed peas.
Together, they visit with Farm Press about lessons learned, including needing a different kind of combine to harvest the peas, along with what they're considering for 2021.
McFerrin also talks about the depleting irrigation water and the forecast for the drought in his region to continue into 2021.
"You hate to give your water away," McFerrin says.
To learn more about the McFerrin/Berry operation and black-eyed peas, click on the following links:
- Black-eyed pea harvest underway
- Black-eyed peas require gentle harvest
- Black-eyes pencil out a profit
- Relationships prove to be key in black-eyed pea market