AF TER EARNING A prestigious Harvard University Master of
Business Administration degree, Micajah “Mike” Sturdivant III
could have entered real estate or most any other business. Instead
he decided to become a Mississippi Delta farmer.
A farmer for 43 years, he comes from an accomplished family.
His Due West farm near Glendora, Miss., consists of 12,000 acres,
mostly family owned land, on which he grows cotton, corn and
There is cotton on 3,300 acres, corn on 4,400 acres, and
soybeans on 3,600 acres. Almost all of the crops are irrigated. His
five-year per acre average yields are impressive: 1,345 pounds for
cotton, 195 bushels for corn, and 63 bushels for soybeans.
For his success as a row crop farmer, Sturdivant has been
selected as state winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo
Southeastern Farmer of the Year award. He joins nine other
finalists for the overall award that will be announced on Tuesday,
Oct. 17, at the Sunbelt Expo farm show in Moultrie, Ga.
The farm got its name many years ago. “During the 1850’s, this
farm was part of Twilight Plantation,” says Sturdivant. “And our
headquarters are due west of Twilight Plantation.”
A fifth-generation farmer, he runs the farm on a daily basis. “I
farm with my brothers, Walker and Sykes,” he says. Sykes manages
the family’s Due West Grain elevators and Sturdivant Brothers
Flying Service. The elevators handle the farm’s corn and soybean
storage, and market grain for others. The Flying Service does aerial
application for the family’s crops and for other customers.
Walker is a tax attorney, who practiced on his own for nine
years and then came back to the farm. He has done estate
planning to pass on the farm and other assets to the next
MORE COT TON VOLUME
Walker also runs the family’s Due West Gin, one of two cotton gins
Mike Sturdivant named
left in Tallahatchie County. “We gin all of our cotton here,” Mike
says, “and we gin cotton for other growers. We plan to expand our
volume and gin 30,000 bales this season.”
The gin helps the Sturdivants to receive full value for their
cottonseed. They’re working with a John Deere dealer to provide
custom harvesting and bring more cotton to the gin.
2017 Mississippi Farmer of the Year
Mike and Jan Sturdivant.