Okaloosa Ag Innovator 2012

Jennifer Bearden with Nick, Maryann, Landon, Helen and James Marshall

Marshall Farms was recognized as the Okaloosa County Agriculture Innovator of the Year by Jennifer Bearden, Okaloosa County Extension Agent. James and Nick Marshall operate Marshall Farms located in Baker. Marshall Farms produces cotton and peanuts. Marshall Farms leads the way in Okaloosa in the use of technology such as Grid Soil Sampling and GPS-guided planting. They grow cotton and peanuts on over 2100 acres in Okaloosa County. The father and son pair strive to make sound decisions that conserve the natural resources that they use to grow their commodities. They were the one of the first farmers in our county to use Precision Agriculture to soil sample, fertilize and lime. Because all 2100 acres are managed mainly by just James and Nick, efficiency is of utmost importance. They recently purchased a round bale cotton picker, which saves time and money for the operation. They also use a self-propelled peanut combine to increase efficiency. With just over 2100 acres, the pair has to maximize productivity in order to stay competitive. Nick is a third generation peanut farmer who recently was interviewed in the Southern Peanut Growers’ “Growers We Dig: Nick Marshall” video on www.youtube.com.


Posted: September 12, 2012

Category: Agriculture

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