Heath Cutrell didn’t become a farmer overnight. A fourth generation farmer based in Chesapeake, VA, Heath started working with his father and uncle on the family farm when he was 2 years old. Since then, it’s all he’s ever wanted to do, no matter how long it took.
Heath farmed with his family on their 1,200 acres of land as much as he could when he was younger, but over time there wasn’t much space for him. After high school, Heath found some work helping out a local farmer, but soon saw that there wasn’t enough room for growth. He decided to take out a loan and buy a tractor trailer to haul demolition material for 7 years with the goal of saving money for the perfect opportunity to go back to his true love: farming.
They say luck is when preparation meets opportunity, so when Heath heard that a local farm owner was willing to lease his 170 acres of land, Heath jumped at the chance. By taking good care of the farm, he gained a reputation as more than just a farmer, but as a strong leader in the community and a grateful steward of the land. Heath’s father retired and Heath took over the family business where he is now in charge of over 5,000 acres of land. He currently farms corn, wheat, and soybeans on a variety of clay ground, sandy soil, and extremely fertile black land.
Heath is a six time NCGA winner pushing the boundaries of farming, while trying to keep his head above water, quite literally.
“We get a lot of moisture; every rain they call for, really. Our water table is very high to the point where you pull up four or five shovels full of dirt and you’ll see water,” explains Heath.
But that didn’t stop him from pulling his best contest yield yet, an impressive 391.31 bushels per acre in the Conventional Non Irrigated category.
Heath doesn’t plan to stop there either. His goal is to break the 400 bushel mark this season, and we plan to catch it all on camera on Season 6 of Corn Warriors.