Spruills farm near Como, N.C.
Dennis and Katrine Spruill along with best friend Willie relax on thier front porch at home in Como, N.C.
Ensuring return on investment
Dennis and Katrine Spruill emphasize the importance of making sure each expense offers a return on investment while doing all they can to build yields.
Spruills farm with son Denton
Dennis has been farming fulltime near Como, North Carolina since graduating from high school in 1978. Wife Katrine has farmed with him since they were married in 1981. Son Denton, 32, has been a part of the operation for 10 years now.
Family farms 350 acres of peanuts
This year, the Spruills are growing 350 acres of peanuts for Severn Peanut and Sandy Land. In total, the family farms 1,700 acres. In addition to their 350 acres of peanuts, the family planted 660 acres of cotton, 240 acres of corn and 400 acres of soybeans this year.
Spruills mainly plant Bailey variety
Dennis Spruill checks the progress of his newly planted field of the variety Bailey. The Spruills plant mostly Baileys but do plant 75 acres of Sullivan for seed.
Varieties today are best ever
“Peanut varieties are the best they’ve ever been,” Dennis Spruill says. “We’re now averaging 5,000 per acre. We used to hope to get 4,000 pounds.”
Later planting date important
One key to efficiency for the Spruill family is a later planting date. “We used to plant the first week in April. Now we are planting later, beginning on the 10th of May. The later planting date really helps with our tomato spotted wilt virus,” Dennis says.
Family feels blessed to farm, grow peanuts
Both Dennis and Katrine Spruill say they are honored to be recognized with the Peanut Efficiency Award. “We are really blessed to live in an area that allows us to raise peanuts, with high yields and efficiency,” Dennis says.