This was a Syngenta/Valley Ag program where growers could use their Quilt/Quadris rebate to go on a trip for two! Guests toured several places in Texas:
IntegriBees, owned and operated by Brookings, SD native Randy Verhoek, was the first stop on the Texas adventure!
IntegriBees produces 2 million pounds of honey annually; each hive yields 70-100 lbs.
The Danbury Fish Farm was the next stop. This hatchery has been in business for 40 years. It provides catfish and bass to pond owners.
The Mikel (rhymes with nickel) Brothers cotton farm was the next destination. Mikels raise 1400 acres cotton which they rotate with milo and corn.
The 40" cotton beds are raised for planting. The cotton picker is all wheel drives, runs 4 mph, and a farmer is unable to load on the go.
The George Ranch is a 20,000 acre ranch depicting life from the early 1800's to the early 1900's
The group was photographed on the historic home on the George Ranch.
This year, several guys from our group spent an extra day in Texas for a guided hog hunt using night vision scopes.