The last time we heard from Crossroad Farms was back in April. At that time, farmer Carson Cross Sr., owner of Crossroad Farms, provided a spring update about planting and harvesting corn. We looked to his son, Carson Cross Jr., last week for an update about where the operation is today.
According to him, he and his family of Midville, along with the few employees of Crossroad Farms, are looking to tie up loose ends and put finishing touches on their crops as this season comes to a close. Thanks to the weather of late, Crossroad Farms is looking at a bountiful harvest of 400 acres of corn, 500 acres of peanuts, and around 1,800 acres of cotton.
Crossroad Farms was founded in 1967 by his father in Midville. In the earliest stages, he grew corn, soybeans, and peanuts. By the early 1970s, he transitioned into cotton, along with the other three commodities.
Aside from corn and the labor intensive cotton and peanut crops, Crossroad Farms has beef cattle, timber, and wheat to tend to as well. Crossroad Farms is able to delegate the work involved in all of these commodities through only one part-time and three full-time employees.
The folks at Crossroad Farms, according to “Little Carson,” have a busy schedule in the coming weeks. They are spraying and finishing up irrigated cotton and peanuts and readying the harvest equipment for peanut season, which starts in just a few short weeks. They juggle all of this in the middle of corn harvest, which they hope to finish by Labor Day weekend.
According to Cross, the farm hopes to average at least 200 bushels of the irrigated corn and 125 bushels of the dryland corn. From there, they will take the corn to local elevators, where most of it will be sold to “end-users.” As for cotton, they hope to average around 1,000 to 1,200 pounds of irrigated and around 800 pounds of the dryland. The cotton will be taken to the gin, where the lint will be separated from the seed. The lint will be stored in a warehouse, and the seed will be sold to end users in the oil seed business. For peanuts, Crossroad Farms hopes to average at least 5,000 pounds of the irrigated and around 4,000 of the dryland. They will take the peanuts to the elevator where they can be purchased.
Cross is thankful for the luck they have had this growing season, he explains, “So far, it has been great. We have had perfect weather so far for corn, cotton, and peanuts. The rains have been a blessing as they have helped create great potential for the crops. Hopefully the great conditions will continue on into harvest. We hope to be wrapped up before Thanksgiving.”
In this busy and fruitful time of year, Emanuel Countians can support local farmers by being patient with them on the highways. With harvest season right around the corner, most farmers have to have combines, cottonpickers, and peanut harvesting equipment on the road ways.
“This equipment is very slow, and trust me when I say this the farmer is going to go the absolute fastest the machine will go. Farmers hate being on the roadways with equipment just as much as the person behind them.”
So, keep kindness and patience in mind. After all, we know better than to bite the hand that feeds us.