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Martin family yields three generations of PEA winnersMartin family yields three generations of PEA winners

Father and son named 2020 Southwest PEA winners.

Shelley E. Huguley

July 2, 2020

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The 2020 Peanut Efficiency Award winners for the Southwest are father and son, Glen and Aaron Martin, of A&G Farms. They follow in the footsteps of James Martin, Glen's father and Aaron's grandfather, who was named the first Southwest PEA winner in 2000.

The Martins grow Georgia 09B peanuts on sandy soils near Wellman, Texas. In 2019, they averaged 5,619 pounds per acre and 5,697 pounds in 2018 at $475 per ton.

See, Glen and Aaron Martin: 2020 Southwest PEA winners

Their secret to success? Water. But in a region with limited and often untimely rainfall, about 16 to 18 inches per year, along with hot summer temperatures and a declining aquifer, peanut production is a challenge. And where they plant their peanuts is limited to farms with adequate irrigation water.

The Martins attribute their yields to crop rotation, inoculants, and Velum nematicide, which is applied on every acre of peanuts.

Also fundamental to the success of their operation? Their wives, employees, and their crop consultant. For generations, the Martins have lived by their family motto, "Be good stewards of the land, it will take care of you."

See video, No easy fix for 2020 PEA winners

Southwest PEA winners:

  • 2000: James Martin

  • 2001Neil Reimer

  • 2002: Chuck Rowland

  • 2003: Roger Neitsch

  • 2004: Jimbo Grissom

  • 2005: Rex Carr

  • 2006: Jim Davis

  • 2007: Clint White

  • 2008: Otis Johnson

  • 2009: Weldon Shook

  • 2010: Rusty Strickland

  • 2011: Cornelius Enns

  • 2012: Joe D. White

  • 2013: Murray Phillips

  • 2014: Guenther Farms

  • 2015: Anthony Reed

  • 2016: Rickey Bearden

  • 2017: Jake Teichroeb

  • 2018: Mason Becker

  • 2019: Jared and Lexi Floyd

  • 2020: Glen and Aaron Martin

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About the Author(s)

Shelley E. Huguley

Editor, Southwest Farm Press

Shelley Huguley has been involved in agriculture for the last 25 years. She began her career in agricultural communications at the Texas Forest Service West Texas Nursery in Lubbock, where she developed and produced the Windbreak Quarterly, a newspaper about windbreak trees and their benefit to wildlife, production agriculture and livestock operations. While with the Forest Service she also served as an information officer and team leader on fires during the 1998 fire season and later produced the Firebrands newsletter that was distributed quarterly throughout Texas to Volunteer Fire Departments. Her most personal involvement in agriculture also came in 1998, when she married the love of her life and cotton farmer Preston Huguley of Olton, Texas. As a farmwife she knows first-hand the ups and downs of farming, the endless decisions that have to be made each season based on “if” it rains, “if” the drought continues, “if” the market holds. She is the bookkeeper for their family farming operation and cherishes moments on the farm such as taking harvest meals to the field or starting a sprinkler in the summer with the whole family lending a hand. Shelley has also freelanced for agricultural companies such as Olton CO-OP Gin, producing the newsletter Cotton Connections while also designing marketing materials to promote the gin. She has published articles in agricultural publications such as Southwest Farm Press while also volunteering her marketing and writing skills to non-profit organizations such a Refuge Services, an equine-assisted therapy group in Lubbock. She and her husband reside in Olton with their three children Breely, Brennon and HalleeKate.

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