The tour – dubbed “One Last Ride – The Reunion Tour” – will be hosted by John Fourqurean, Steve Mallory and Daniel Hale.
Trigg County Extension Agent David Fourqurean said the tour will be in a similar vein as soil conservation tours the county used to have.
“The Ag Week committee wanted to do something similar to that,” Fourqurean said. “It’s not going to be exactly like those tours, though.”
Fourqurean said education and increasing public awareness of the importance of farming are the main goals of the tour.
“There are a lot of folks in the county that don’t know how important agriculture is to our community,” Fourqurean said. “We want people to come out and see what farmers are doing to make our lives better. It’s a community event, and we want it to be that.”
The tour should also be beneficial to farmers looking for different ways to run their own operations, Fourqurean said.
“There is a lot of technology out there now that our farmers aren’t using,” Fourqurean said. “[The tour will feature] some of the most progressive farmers in our community. If other farmers see that technology in use at those places, they might decide they want to be using it, too. It’s a good opportunity to see it in a hands-on environment.”
7 Springs, managed by Joe and Kadonna Nichols, is located on Wallonia Road. Fourqurean said the tour will focus on how 7 Springs uses GPS technology as well as different tractor equipment to increase effeciency.
Fourqurean said 7 Springs has over 15,000 acres of row crops, which is the farm’s main operation.
Cundiff Farms, owned by Ben Cundiff, is also located on Wallonia Road. Fourqurean said this tour stop will focus on agronomy how Cundiff Farms uses technology with seeds and plants as well as corn and soybean plots. Fourqurean said Cundiff Farms is working with the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton on a research plot, which will also be discussed during the tour.
Fourqurean called Cundiff farms “a very diversified operation,” including row crops, tobacco and cattle.
L&H Farms, managed by Bob Lawrence and Mike Hyde is located on Adams Mill Road and specializes in tobacco and row crops. Lawrence said L&H has 75 acres of dark tobacco – dark fire and dark air cured – this year and has had between 75-85 acres in each of the last few years. L&H began in 2001 with 25 acres and has grown each year since. In addition to tobacco, which will be the focus of the last tour stop, L&H raises approximately 300 acres of row crops.
The tour will end with a luncheon at approximately noon at L&H.
For more information on the farm tour, contact Fourqurean at 522-3269.