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Wolfforth Agriculture Spotlight: Thomas Hicklen

Published: Jul. 23, 2021 at 1:00 PM CDT
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WOLFFORTH, Texas (KCBD) - For Friday’s Agriculture Spotlight we meet Thomas Hicklen who farms cotton between Wolfforth and Ropes — but his introduction into farming is a little unusual because he married into it.

Hicklen originally intended to join the military, but a college injury sidelined those plans. Now, 30 years later he is in Wolfforth farming. Though the past few years have been tough because of the drought, this year Hicklen has a little more hope.

“There’s a lot more optimism, if it rains you have options. Everything works better — the weeds kill better, the cotton grows better, there’s a big hope for this one. I don’t know if it’s going to be, what we call, a bumper crop,” he said. “But it’ll certainly be a little above-normal, is what we’re hoping for. This one is pretty important for us, we need it, we need a crop. Our yields are so low, even what our insurance covers is lower. So, we need cotton.”

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