Brad Haire

Monsanto tells Bayer ‘no’ but doesn’t say ‘never’
Monsanto says Bayer’s offer to buy it for a reported $62 billion isn’t enough.
Florida ranchers celebrate heritage, the drive and a new venture
Florida Cattle Ranchers LLC brings 13 ranches under a new marketing brand with the goal to produce Florida-born, -raised, -finished and –harvested beef.
Are you helping hackers steal your valuable farm data?
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and USDA say farmers’ increased use of precision agriculture technology puts farmers at greater risk for cyber targeting by hackers who want to steal farm-level data in bulk.
Asian soybean rust hits Georgia early and corn disease concerns rise
As Georgia’s corn crop enters the tassel stage, growers should consider a fungicide application. And Asian soybean rust is in the state now, the earliest the troubling disease has been detected in Georgia in more than a decade.
6 things efficient peanut farmers do
Efficient peanut farmers share things in common, or ways to make their crop as profitable as possible.
8 ways to cut cost and protect yields this peanut season
The 2016 peanut planting season will start rolling big this week across much of the Peanut Belt. Margins are tighter and the financial risk is greater. There are some things you can do to make every input and strategy hit this year to make a profit.
The cost of a shorter peanut rotation
Some peanut farmers will be tempted, because of economic reasons, to skew their rotations this year, but they need to know at what cost they do.
EPA starts 30-day comment period for dicamba in-crop use 1
The Environmental Protection Agency announcement April 1 a 30-day public-comment period for in-crop use of dicamba herbicide.
Stay legal with herbicides if you plant new tolerant cotton
This year, dicamba-tolerant cotton cultivars are available again, along with Dow’s 2,4-D-tolerant cotton offering, but growers still cannot legally spray the auxin herbicides in-crop.
Prospective planting: Southeast corn up, peanuts down, cotton steady
Southeast farmers say they will plant less peanuts and soybeans in 2016 with cotton acres remaining steady. They say they will plant more corn, however, and that sticks with the national trend of other U.S. corn farmers.
Surprising facts and figures about Florida agriculture today
Florida is the No. 1 producer of at least eight major U.S. crops. And despite devastating diseases and other setbacks, Florida’s vibrant agriculture sector continues to create about 14 percent of the state’s jobs and contribute $148.5 billion to the state’s economy.
2016 peanut crop could overwhelm warehouse space
If peanut farmers produce as many peanuts in 2016 as they did in 2015, there will not be enough room in federally licensed warehouses to store the entire crop.
New hemp harvester can reach medicinally valued top flower
With research for the pharmaceutical use of hemp taking root, Kentucky hemp farmers face a challenge: harvesting the giant plants.
Identify these top weeds for a successful burndown
The Southeast is blessed with weeds no matter the season. And over the next four to six weeks, growers will be doing their best to burndown wintry weeds and cover crops before planting their no-till or strip-till cotton.
China’s grab for Syngenta ‘scares’ ag marketing advisor 2
Richard Brock says low commodity prices trouble him, but not near as much as China’s recent move to purchase Syngenta. This acquisition will be a game changer.
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