July 1, 2022
Mitchell Rogers stands next to his peanut planter outside of Collins, Miss.Brent Murphree
Mitchell Rogers has farmed peanuts since 1971, in Covington County, Miss., on land that has been in his family for nine generations. He farms about 1,500 acres of cotton, cattle, timber and peanuts with his son, Mark.
At the age of 85, Rogers still farms peanuts outside of Hot Coffee, Miss. He grew his original allotment of peanuts to roughly 500 acres before the quota was eliminated, rotating with cotton and cattle.
He plants the Georgia 06G runner variety, which are all dryland produced, on 38-inch, single rows. He also grows boiling peanuts as well and has built up a business selling the bags locally, directly off of the farm.
Rogers is known in his community for helping a number of younger producers with advice, insight and occasionally physical labor to make their farms successful. He and his wife, Ann, are active in the Leaf River Baptist Church in Collins, Miss.
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