Goodknight Farms is operated by Cody Goodknight in partnership with his father, John Goodknight. The farm was established in 1911 on 160 acres, seven miles northwest of Chattanooga, Oklahoma. Today, we are managing 4,800 dryland acres, consisting of 3,500 owned acres and 1,300 leased acres. In 2013, Cody stepped into the management roll of the farm. Cody, a fifth generation farmer, is following in the footsteps of his ancestors while embracing innovative technologies.
Over 16 years ago, John had the foresight to transfer the farm to a no-till farming operation. The primary cash crops are certified wheat seed, cotton, and milo. The farm also raises soybeans, sunflower, sesame, oats, canola, and winter peas. In addition to managing their own farm, they also provide custom farming to others. The custom farming includes no-till planting, spraying, seed cleaning, harvesting, and trucking.
The land also consist of 1,600 native range and improved grass acres. We utilize the grassland, wheat pasture, and cover crops for our cattle operation.
In 2015, John was awarded the “Visionary Leadership Award” by Oklahoma Genetics, Inc. This award is given to a leader who is described as “One who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see and who sees before others do.” His contributions to the Oklahoma wheat industry have facilitated a positive change for decades to come. The Oklahoma Wheat Commission also presented him with the “Staff of Live Career Achievement Award” for the dedicated service and valuable contributions he has made to the Oklahoma wheat industry.
In 2008, Cody graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Agribusiness. Following graduation, he moved home to work on the farm. He strives to take care of the land while running a business with integrity and vision. He is focused on providing his customers with the best products and services.
Cody is also active in agriculture beyond the farm. He is a member of the Comanche County Young Farmers and Ranchers, Tri-County Cattlemen’s Association, Tri-County Cotton Gin, Oklahoma Crop Improvement Association, and the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association (OCA). Cody has represented the OCA at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association spring legislative conference in Washington, D.C.
Cody was awarded “America’s 2016 Best Young Farmers and Ranchers” by the Progressive Farmer. The program recognizes young farmers and ranchers who are building successful and innovative agriculture businesses. The award also recognizes the work they do to promote agriculture and have a positive impact in their communities. The following year the Top Producer awarded him their “Horizon Award.” The Horizon Award is presented to a producer under the age of 35, who demonstrates excellence in the business of farming, including; marketing, finance, family and employee relations, technology, and environmental stewardship.