Midland Farmers Help Family Plant Cotton

By: Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - They're not grilling out, laying by the pool, or watching parades. On Memorial Day, a group of Midland farmers chose to spend their holiday helping a family in need. A tragedy left that family unable to plant their yearly cotton crops, but thanks to a selfless act from friends and neighbors, their livelihood won't be in jeopardy.

If you know a thing or two about farming, you may understand why this week is important. It's the last chance to plant cotton crops.

"It's time to plant and the moisture is getting away on these hot days," Midland Farmer and Organizer, George Anderson, said. "The seeds are going down and we've got to get the seed in the moisture as quick as we can."

For the Teinert family that wasn't an option. Their husband and father, 35-year-old Cody Teniert died from kidney complications just a few days ago. He left behind his brand new wife, a son, and his father, Raymond, who didn't know how their family would ever be able to plant this year's cotton crops.

"It's just been wonderful that they came," Cody's Father, Raymond Teniert, said. "I would have never got it all done since we spent a month in the hospital nearly. We'd go there every day and I just didn't get my farming done like I normally would have done. Cody works with me and he would have been here helping, so we got behind."

But a group of Midland farmers weren't going to leave it at that. Instead of barbeques and fireworks, they're making sure this family is taken care of.

"It's neighbor helping neighbor," Anderson said. "That's the way it's been in this community and every other farming community for many years. When someone has a sickness or times are tough, people chip in and help."

What would have taken two weeks, the group of farmers is doing in one day. With donations from friends and neighbors they rolled in $1 million worth of equipment, plowed almost 700 acres, and planted $60,000 worth of cottonseed.

"You have kind of a one shot deal on cotton in West Texas," Volunteer and Organizer, Andy Schumann, said. "We have the moisture now. He was so far behind that we just wanted to be able to help him out to get his crop in."

It's the reason the Midland farmers tell NewsWest 9, it's a Memorial Day they'll never forget.

"This is a good bunch of people and a good community," Anderson said. "We're real proud of them."