The Environmental Protection Agency in 2009 began to phase in new regulations for soil fumigant applications. Fumigant labels were introduced requiring stricter safety measures, including buffer zones around fields.
Currently, more than 60,000 landowners representing 4 million acres are enrolled in U.S. conservation programs. The newly created USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program looks to accelerate that amount in the coming years.
Georgia farmer Randy Dowdy continues to lift the corn yield bar, clocking 503 bushels per acre this year to top the National Corn Growers Association National Corn Yield Contest, setting the highest yield ever in the 50 years of the competition.
There is little question that growers, particularly Southeast cotton growers, need the new auxin-tolerant crops and other herbicides hovering over the horizon as they continue their costly dance with herbicide-resistant weeds.
Terry Griffin asked the audience if anyone knew what was at the bottom of any privacy/disclosure statement, the ones you must sign to download software or to use most any digital service. No one raised a hand. “Neither do I. I never read that far either,” he said.
Chip Bowling went to the Sunbelt Ag Expo, the first sitting president of the National Corn Growers Association to visit the annual farm show located in southwest Georgia, to promote the industry and hear from Southeast corn growers.
Georgia farmer Philip Grimes is the 2014 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year. Known for his aggressive weed management, high yields and conservation practices, Grimes beat out nine other Southeastern state winners.
It was the mid-1940s. Cotton prices were volatile, government agriculture policy was in question, and synthetic alternatives to cotton fiber threatened to steal market share. Decades later, some things haven’t changed much.