Video: Booneville Man Crowned Farmer Of The Year

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BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WCBI) – A Booneville man is named Farmer of The year.

William Spain has been crowned king of all farmers in Mississippi by the Swisher Sweets Sunbelt Expo group.

And one can’t imagine why he thinks someone else is more deserving of the recent award.

“I worked with Mississippi State in a lot of different aspects. We do test plots and, like I said I really don’t know, there is plenty of others really I think that are more deserving farmers than me,” said William Spain.

Spain’s family owns some 2,000 acres of land in all, and farms a total of 6,500 acres a year.

“Its divided up between several different crops. We grow cotton, soybeans, some corn, and usually several acres of winter wheat,” said Spain.

Cotton yields are well above average and overall quality is great.

“We got rain, timely rain and we laugh. We said we were about a week away from a disaster, but it ended up, its just, the weather has been perfect. And the soybean yields are above average also,” added Spain.

Good crop and high yields, just whats needed to pay for combines costing some $300,000 each.

“Our inputs are, they are going up every day too so, we have to still watch this and manage it like you would any business,” said Spain.

Thursday Spain  was preparing to plant winter wheat.

Spain received a $2,500 in cash, a trip to Moultrie, Georgia, a $500 gift certificate, and 1,000 in cotton seeds. 

He plans on donating $500 of his prize to charity.

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