Perry Galloway, 50
6th Generation Farmer – family has farmed since the 1850s

Hometown:Gregory, AR
Acres: 8500
Crops: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Rice, Sorghum & Cotton

Perry Galloway inspecting his crops.

“Well, on the state level as far as yields, I’ve gotten 1st, 2nd or 3rd from the National Corn Growers Association from 2010-2015. Last year I was Mid-American Corn Farmer of the year. For the past five out of six years I’ve been in the 100 bushel club for wheat. I’ve still got the state record for sorghum yield at 179 bushel; and then with soybeans I’ve pulled 100 bushel four times over the last three years.”

Yep, Perry Galloway knows what he’s doing on the land he started farming many years ago; he started farming 800 acres and has increased his land tenfold. As he accumulated acreage he started cultivating awards due to his high management practices – practices he is more than willing to share.

“As farmers we communicate and try to help each other out.” Galloway said. “I don’t hold anything back. There is this false notion that all these high yield guys have secrets they don’t tell anybody. Heck, I’ll tell anybody anything. They can come watch me.”

Many farmers DO come watch him; just not in his actual fields. Galloway has been in demand on the speaker circuit over the past several years and the most asked questions have been about what he does to raise such high yielding crops. This year he’s shaking it up.

“With all these high yield things; it doesn’t matter what crop it is,” Galloway said. “I have been focusing on specific practices, but this year I am really looking more at consistency. If you make 100+ bushel of soybeans on 5 acres, that’s not good enough. You need to focus on consistent high yields across your farm, not one award-winning yield. That doesn’t pay the bills.”

Galloway says there are many areas where he stays consistent. He consistently manages his land with high intensity – a trait left over from his days raising cotton, which is a crop needing a lot of time and attention.

“The minute cotton emerges from the ground, it wants to die,” Galloway said. “I was out there on a daily basis due to its susceptibility to insects, disease, excessive moisture & drought. It is a high management crop.”

The markets didn’t support continuing with cotton, so Galloway switched to grain but kept his vigilant ways. “We don’t eyeball things or drive by the fields at 60 mph,” he said. “We soil test, we tissue test, we monitor moisture daily, we irrigate and we thoroughly inspect the fields once or twice weekly.”

Inspection of the fields also brings into play soil health, which Galloway says is paramount to crop success.

“It’s not really what’s above the ground, it’s what’s below it,” said Galloway. “Soil testing gives you an idea of nutrients in the soil, but soil health is the biology in the soil. Health is microbial activity. It’s the living part of the soil, the biology side. You can have all the fertilizer in the world on your fields but if the soil isn’t living and prospering, the plant isn’t able to use the fertilizer.”

Galloway is committed to giving farmers information they can use and getting the word out to the general public about how valuable farmers are to our nation and our world.

“We are good stewards of our land, the last thing we want to do is destroy what provides our food and our livelihood. We are doing everything we can to sustain our farms and the land that we all share.”