Brad Haire

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Top reasons why cotton herbicide programs fail, what to do
In recent years, cotton growers have met the challenge with improved strategies and are winning. But even a perfect plan with perfect execution can come up short.
(Gallery) Is it clear to plant?
Justin Shealey poked holes, sampled gas and got muddy all in an effort to help the vegetable growers in his area not lose tens of thousands of dollars and time by accidentally killing their spring transplants.
(Gallery) Irrigation systems, ideas and faces from the past
It was 1947 and J.L Clegg was attaching pipes to a free-flowing artesian well on his tobacco farm. That same year, L.E. Connell and assistant county Extension agent J. O. Hensley adjusted pipes on H. Langdale, Jr. Farm. And in 1951, Dock Jones was using dynamite to make ditches.
Get higher soybean yields with a few minor adjustments
It’s no surprise irrigation is the single-most important factor to increase soybean yields in the Deep South, but many growers are reluctant to spend the money to irrigate soybeans.
Walter Godwin looking to high-yield soybeans for cash flow in 2015
Walter Godwin’s choice of soybeans to lead the way on his farm is unusual considering he farms in Mitchell and Grady counties in Georgia, one of the largest peanut-producing regions in the country.
Required farmer training rolls out ahead of new cotton herbicide launch
Cotton growers and pesticide applicators in Georgia will likely be required to take training before they can use the new dicamba herbicide formulations from Monsanto or BASF.
(Gallery) It’s one of farming’s most complex production practices
The plastic beds shimmered in the sun as spring field prep wrapped up the second week in February at Lewis Taylor Farms in south Georgia. And here’s what it looked like.
Johnny Cochran doesn’t want to ruin his peanut rotation, but ...
Johnny Cochran believes in crop rotation and uses at least a two-year to cotton and one-year to peanut rotation. But with a year like 2015, even he is tempted to stray from that doctrine and stretch peanut rotation on a few fields.
Keith Bowen makes adjustments to tackle challenging crop season ahead
At the end of the 2015 farming season, one way or the other, Keith Bowen would like to look back and figure he spent 10 to 15 percent less than he did in 2014 on crop inputs.
Calculating soil fumigant buffer zones the right way
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.
New widespread federal program to focus conservation efforts at the local level
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’s Randy Dowdy hits 503-bushel corn to top national contest (variety update)
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.
Tough weed: Reward versus risk of new auxin seeds, herbicides on the farm
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.
(Gallery) Wet weather hampers, blackbirds harass Georgia canola
Early, bitter cold snaps, soggy weather and blackbirds causing problems for Georgia canola. You can see the holes in rows where the birds pecked up the seedlings that did manage to break through.
Georgia’s 2014 pecans: smaller nuts, bigger price, growing market
Georgia’s pecan crop this year looks to bring 70 million pounds to market. As harvest rolls on, small nut size has been a problem due to tough summer weather, but the weather did help the crop, too.
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