Caleb Ragland

U.S. Soybean Farmer

Kentucky

Caleb Ragland and his wife Leanne farm with his father and brother near Magnolia, Kentucky. They raise double-crop soybeans, corn, winter wheat and have a farrow-to-wean pig operation. A ninth-generation farmer, Caleb joined the family farm full-time in 2008 after earning a degree in business management and economics/finance. He currently serves on the governing committee of the American Soybean Association, the Kentucky Soybean Board, and the Kentucky Livestock Coalition. He and Leanne have three sons, Charlie, Cory and Carter.

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Ground Work 2021:With Kentucky Harvest Finished, It’s Time to Plan for Next Season

Caleb Ragland|Dec 21, 2021

It was a long, wet fall. Rain continued to slow soybean harvest. We finally finished cutting soybeans on November 30. In our area of the…

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Ground Work 2021:Kentucky Soybeans Maturing and Corn Harvest Starting

Caleb Ragland|Sep 20, 2021

Both our double-crop soybeans and our corn crop are looking really good. The soybeans are nearly finished blooming, and we have just started shelling corn.…

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Ground Work 2021:Defending Soybeans against Kentucky Pests

Caleb Ragland|Aug 19, 2021

Though our double-crop soybeans got off to a good start in late June, the month of July was fairly dry. The crops are getting thirsty.…

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Ground Work 2021:Harvesting Kentucky Double-Crop Soybeans

Caleb Ragland|Nov 19, 2021

It’s been a long fall. We continue to be delayed by rains, so we are now about three weeks behind schedule. For the first time…

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Ground Work 2021:Planting Double-Crop Soybeans in Kentucky

Caleb Ragland|Jul 15, 2021

We had a short break of a couple weeks at the beginning of June before we were busy in the field again. We started winter…

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Ground Work 2021:Wet Weather Delays Fall Fieldwork in Kentucky

Caleb Ragland|Oct 15, 2021

October is usually one of our busiest months. We normally finish shelling corn, plant winter wheat, and start harvesting soybeans. This year, we have been…

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Ground Work 2021:Cool, Wet Kentucky Weather Slows Progress

Caleb Ragland|Jun 17, 2021

The rains that started coming in late April have continued. Heavy rains, along with ongoing cool temperatures, has made this spring challenging. We finished planting…

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Ground Work 2021:Round-the-Clock Planting in Kentucky

Caleb Ragland|May 10, 2021

It has been a strange spring. Much of April was cool and dry. However, by the last week of April, we started getting rains that…

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Ground Work 2021:Getting Kentucky Fields Ready to Plant

Caleb Ragland|Apr 9, 2021

March brought plenty of rain to our area of central Kentucky, in the southern United States. We have been repairing waterways in our rolling fields…