The cream of the crop
In the first ever nationally televised soybean contest, five of the best farmers in the United States compete to become: The Podfather
Meet The Contestants
Chris is a sixth generation farmer and agronomist from Maryland. He is an AGR Alumni and a leader in his field. Chris consults and works with the MACC school founded by Kevin Kalb.
Temple Rhodes is an avid outdoors-man, and is serious about the responsibility of taking care of the soil and water resources that enhance his life as well as the lives of the non-farm public.
“You can’t be tradition-bound in farming today,” Temple Rhodes says. “We have to take advantage of new technologies to get the most from our land.
Practicing non-irrigated farming on vast acreage, he is uniquely driven to treat every acre like it’s the last. He is consistently achieving higher yields across every acre. His programs teach timing, application rates, and how to utilize your own data to help maximize yields.
We’re about as close to being fully irrigated as you can get – probably 95 percent. Irrigation is a necessity because of the lighter soils. We’ve got around 30 center pivots and it’s a full-time job keeping those running. There’s also a fair share of furrow-irrigated, leveled land. A smaller portion is in contoured levees.
Winning the award of “Arkansas’ First farmer to make 100 bushels of soybeans per acre” in 2013 launched Matt into the national spotlight. He meets with top farmers from around the country who are brainstorming and trying new ideas to produce higher yields using fewer resources.