11-Year-Old Lubbock Cotton Farmer


Britton Pointer will be starting the sixth grade this month, but he is already two years into his very own farming career thanks to his grandpa, Kim Kloiber, affectionately known as "Bop Bop".

"Last year all I had was 10 acres, this year I have 22 because I added all of these curved rows," Pointer said.

With the help of his Bop Bop, Britton was able to double his cotton acres this year. But with that, he also doubled his work load, expenses and water requirements.

"It's harder than you think it is because there's 12 acres there that I didn't have last year," Pointer said. "It's just about twice as much as I had my first year."

Thankfully mother nature has been a big help to Britton this year.

"We haven't had near this much rain, near. I bet you we've had 13, 12 inches of rain. Last year we had one," Pointer said. "We've got to turn it off a lot and give these wells a good rest, but I'm happy to. It saves electricity, it saves water, it's just so much better. Rain is so much better than ground water."

2014 hasn't been problem free however. Britton's crop, like many others in the area, was off to a slow start. Plus, he has been fighting pig weeds both night and day.

"First we had a lot of problems. Right when I planted the next couple of days it got really, really cold. But it turned out of it and it ended up being just fine," Pointer said. "I think a big thing that we've noticed this year is these Roundup resistant weeds. We just hoed this two weeks ago and everything is all back."

But now Britton's cotton will soon start opening up as fiber. And he is happy with the early maturing variety, Fibermax 2011, that he chose.

"The boll stage is the longest stage. It's way longer than a bloom and that's when it turns and cotton will start opening up," Pointer said. "Here's a four lock boll right there already. Before a boll, first you'll have a white bloom kind of like this one in there. And then it will turn into this redder pink color. Then it will turn purple and it will shrivel off and then there will be a perfect boll right there."

Britton plans to harvest in early November. He said that the crop still needs plenty of water and sunshine.

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