Silent Shade Planting Company is a family owned farming business recognized for its forward-thinking agricultural practices and its focus on sustainable farming. Headquartered in Belzoni, Mississippi, our farming operation grows a diversified crop of cotton, corn, soybeans, rice, and wheat yearly. Our farming acreage, made up of both rented and owned land, is scattered across Humphreys, Leflore, and Holmes Counties.
Silent Shade Planting Company began in 1979 when Willard and Laura Lee Jack migrated from Ontario, Canada, to Silent Shade Plantation in the northeast corner of Humphreys County in Mississippi. They started farming a diversified row crop operation of approximately 1,000 acres with one additional employee just outside of Tchula, Mississippi. By 2000, the farm had grown to approximately 3,000 acres of cotton, corn, soybeans, and rice, and in 2001, Willard Jack received the award for the Lancaster/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year.
In the next ten years, two of Willard and Laura Lee’s children, Stacie and Jeremy, returned to work on the farm. Jeremy Jack began to run the day-to-day farm operations. Stacie Koger managed the farm financials. With their return, the family decided to further expand the business by increasing their farming acreage. In 2013, Jeremy and Stacie were recognized as one of Progressive Farmer’s Best Young Farmer and Ranchers, and Jeremy Jack was recognized as Bayer Crop Science’s Young Sustainable Farmer.
What began as a husband and wife operation has flourished into a family business employing five family members: Willard Jack, Laura Lee Jack, Jeremy Jack, Stacie Koger, and Elizabeth Jack. Silent Shade also employs approximately 20 local residents from the Mississippi delta. We are very proud of our history and look forward to opportunities that may come our way in the future.
“Silent Shade’s investment into its local community, excellent stewardship practices and innovative farming techniques are excellent examples of being a leader in agriculture. It was a natural fit to have Jack with us as we celebrated the launch of our new company.”- Nate Miller, Southern Commercial Unit Leader in the U.S. for Corteva Agriscience 6/11/2019
“Jeremy Jack is one of our most progressive farmers. Since we started this journey in 2012 he was one of our leading adopters of our precision technology.”- John May, CEO of John Deere at CES 1/8/2020
Lancaster/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year—Willard Jack (2001)
American Soybean Association Conservation Legacy Award—Jeremy Jack (2012)
Bayer Crop Science Young Farmer Sustainability Award—Jeremy Jack (2013)
DTN/The Progressive Farmer’s America’s Best Young Farmer and Ranchers—Stacie Koger and Jeremy Jack (2014)
Conservation Systems Corn Farmer of the Year— Jeremy Jack (2015)
Mid-South Farm and Gin Show Agriculture Achievement Award—Silent Shade Planting Company (2015)