Tony Randolph was named AGCO Application Equipment’s 2013 Operator of the Year for his relationship-building skills with farmer customers and his attention to detail in understanding the challenges of their fields. He is known to invite customers to ride in his cab so he can explain the operation of his application machine.
Strickland Farming Partnership is a eighth-generation diversified crop and livestock farm operation. The family, which includes Garrett, his son Reggie, and Reggie’s nephew Will, still farms much of the land their ancestors farmed as far back as 1861.
Fruit and vegetables in the Carolinas suffered some seriously cold weather this winter, including the unexpected cold snap in mid-April, but sources tell Southeast Farm Press that most came through well.
“Some greenhouse operators waited five to 10 days later than normal to seed because of the price of LP gas. Since then we have had a lot of cold nights and cool days. Now we are probably a week behind overall on seeding date and another week behind in growth in the greenhouse.”
The weather was grim but the turnout was great at the Southern Farm Show Feb 5, 6 and 7 in Raleigh, N.C., with farmers―mostly from the Carolinas and Virginia―coming to see what is available in 2014 to help produce farm commodities.