Ag Day, Meet America’s Best Young Farmers and Ranchers

Every year on March 14, we celebrate National Ag Day; a time when producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America gather to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by American agriculture. To celebrate Ag Day 2019, we want to once again recognize our 2019 America’s Best Young Farmers and Ranchers. Kevin Ruyle, Kansas Kevin Ruyle runs Buss Farms with his brother-in-law, Thane Buss, where they give constant attention to the service of soybeans, wheat, corn, grain, sorghum, alfalfa, and cotton. In addition to the nine months of planting and harvesting, Ruyle also runs 60 Red Angus cow/calf pairs. In 2018, the farm grew 600 acres of cotton. In 2019, that number is expected to increase to 1,000. But with growth comes additional planning. Respectively, both Ruyle and Buss have two sons, and if they want the farm to stay in the family, generational opportunities need to be created. Their solution seems to come in the form of cover crops. “We’re still learning,” Ruyle says. “But, there is a yield increase [when a cover crop is planted] before soybeans.” This new venture could also support their corn yield, and possibly even create a grazing opportunity for Ruyle to expand his cattle business. “When the kids get older, I’ll be looking for more revenue streams, whether that’s cows or more land,” he says. “Maybe there’s an opportunity for cattle or something else we don’t even know about yet. I’m not sure, but I think the future will…

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