DeKalb County Ag by the Numbers – Timely Planting

Posted: April 25, 2019

It’s planting season! DeKalb County farmers are busy planting field corn and soybeans using modern technology.

The first mechanical planters became popular in the 1940s but could only plant two rows at a time. Today’s modern planters are more efficient and typically plant 16 or 24 rows at a time.

1943: 2-row planter plants 20 acres a day.

DeKalb County

1975: 6-row planter plants 120 acres a day.

JP Faivre

2019: 24-row planter plants 370 acres a day.

Roger Faivre

Sources: Joiner History Room,
JP Faivre Partnership

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