Fall harvest and fall planting – The Wilcox Family

Since we utilize no-till production practices, we burned the last two years wheat stubble on this farm to give our canola stand a better chance at surviving the winter.

Since we utilize no-till production practices, we burned the last two years wheat stubble on this farm to give our canola stand a better chance at surviving the winter.

Fall is a busy time here on our farm. We are running about three different directions at the same time! We have finished up cutting our sorghum (milo) and started planting canola as of late Sunday night. Hopefully we will catch a rain here before too long, we have missed the last two, and while we are not terribly dry at this point, last years drought is still too close for comfort. Bring on the hurricane rain!

September is also full of meetings for us. We host crop insurance meetings, attend our county’s annual Farm Bureau meeting, and this year we have the addition of Farm Bill 2014 meetings. We are proud that our Representative Frank Lucas found a way to overcome a dysfunctional Congress and pass the 2014 Farm Bill into law, but now we farmers have to make lots of decisions that will affect us for the next 5 years (at least). I love fall, but I’ll be ready for winter so we can slow down a little.

Till next time… Clint and Jessica Wilcox

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Meet Clint and Jessica – The Wilcox Family

Clint combining wheat, June 2013

Clint combining wheat, June 2013

As we rapidly approach Mid-January we realize how time flies, we run so quickly throughout the year as agricultural producers that we can find ourselves moving from one project to another without reflecting on what we have accomplished.  When we do reflect, it’s rewarding because in no other industry can you put a seed in the ground on Monday watch it emerge on Saturday and see it transform into another plentiful crop of seed in a few short months.  This blog is an opportunity for us to take the time to reflect and share a bit of our busy lives in agriculture with you.

Clint and Jessica in the Canola, April 2012

Clint and Jessica in the Canola, April 2012

We, Clint and Jessica Wilcox, farm in Northwest Oklahoma near Fairview.  We grow wheat, canola, grain sorghum, and we have a few head of cattle along with running a full service Crop Insurance Agency.  We are representing the At Large position on the Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee this year, while residing in District 7.

January started with planning meetings for the YF&R Committee, and we are excited about all that is to come this year and the opportunity to serve. Being a part of the YF&R State Committee is a great way to meet other young Oklahoma Farmers, and to learn from each other. Farming varies greatly across Oklahoma, but it is amazing how much Farmers have in common with each other!

Clint manning the booth at the KNID Agrifest, Jan. 2014

Clint manning the booth at the KNID Agrifest, Jan. 2014

As stated above, Jessica and I are crop insurance agents. We always have a booth at the KNID Agrifest farm show in Enid.   It was good show with a great turnout this year.  I guess with warmer weather everyone was tired of breaking ice from the previous weeks and ready for a break in the action.  These farm shows are like a giant reunion for the agriculture community, it’s always great to see old friends!

We spend most of January catching up around the farm, office, and house.

Cold days are spent in the office working on crop insurance, and in the shop working on combines and other equipment, and maybe if Jessica is lucky I will try and finish up some of the projects in the house that have been going on for many months if not years.

Clint and Jessica in the Canola, April 2012

Clint and Jessica in the Canola, April 2012

Besides farming and crop insurance, Jessica and I enjoy anything outdoors. If the weather is nice and the chores are caught up you can find us on a lake, golfing, or 4-wheeling somewhere across Oklahoma (and sometimes in CO).

We look forward to sharing snapshots of our lives with you this year. Be sure to follow along with all of us YF&R committee members, and thanks for stopping by!