Farm Tour resumes after 11-year hiatus
by Franklin Clark -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Jul 22, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Approximately 300 people attended Thursday morning’s Farm Tour, the first one in 11 years, which was held at Cundiff Farms, Seven Springs Farms and L & H Farms, Trigg County Extension Agent David Fourqurean said.

Among those in attendance were fellow farmers, local officials, businessmen, people from the University of Kentucky Department of Agriculture and State Representative John Tilley.

Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries was one of the people who helped bring back the farm tour this year, Fourqurean said.

“He kind of prodded everybody along to do some things here in the county, and this is just one of things he has done for us,” said Fourqurean.

The first stop on the tour was Cundiff Farms, owned by Ben and Janine Cundiff as well as John Cundiff and Jenny Cundiff. This year the farm has 4,000 acres of corn, 3,200 acres of wheat, 3,400 acres of soybeans, 180 acres of dark tobacco and 120 head of beef cattle.

At the first stop, Farm Manager Barry Alexander talked about genetically modified crops, such as those that are Roundup Ready, and said that seed breeding technology has progressed faster in the past 10 years than farm machinery technology.

Ben Cundiff spoke about how much the farm has grown since he started in 1967, pointing out that it has gone from from 1,400 acres at that time to 12,000 acres, 10,000 of which the Cundiffs own.

The second stop on the tour was Seven Springs Farms, owned by Joe and Kadonna Nichols, Todd Nichols and Michael Oliver. This year the farm has 6,200 acres of corn, 4,200 acres of wheat, 6,750 acres of soybeans and 72 acres of dark tobacco.

Oliver talked about some of the farming technology that Seven Springs utilizes, including Auto Trac, Swath Control and Harvest Doc. Auto Trac, which is a form of automatic steering for the tractors, saves the farm a large amount of fuel, Oliver said.

Swath Control is an automatic shut-off feature on their machinery that tells the machines when to stop spraying, which Oliver said has saved the farm $93,000 this year, and Harvest Doc is a yield manager that tells farmers which parts of the field contain the most nutrients, Oliver went on to say.

The third and final stop on the tour was L & H Farms, owned by Bob Mallory and Graham Lawrence. This year the farm has 78 acres of tobacco, 150 acres of corn, 50 acres of wheat, 125 acres of soybeans and 350 feeder calves.

“We’re all glad to have the tour back,” Humphries said at L & H Farms before the group went to lunch.

Fourqurean said the tour this year was a success, and that they will try to hold another farm tour next year. It had been discontinued due to a lack of sponsorship, he added.

“We’re going to try to make it an annual event. We had a pretty good turnout today,” Fourqurean said. “For many years, it was an annual event … It took a little work to get the sponsors back in this, but I think we have a good core group with us.”

The tour, which was dubbed “One Last Ride – The Reunion Tour,” had 14 sponsors, including WKDZ, The Cadiz Record, Roeder Implement, Lake Barkley Insurance, Pennyrile Rural Electric and United Southern Bank.
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