Brad Haire

(Gallery) There’s a mule train in that field
One of the pleasures of summer is eating fresh sweet corn, but harvesting it is very labor intensive. To get the vegetable grain out of the field in a timely way, many growers use the mule train. It’s something to see in action.
Sunbelt Expo is a top location for large-scale cotton weed research
For Stanley Culpepper, his largest, on-farm cotton weed research takes place in Macon County, Ga., the place where a decade ago the first glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth in the world was confirmed.
The man who thought about disease-resistant peanuts
Dan Gorbet, 72, created the improved disease-resistant peanut varieties that laid the groundwork to the varieties widely used by the industry today.
Meet the crew behind the scenes at the Sunbelt Expo Farm
What’s the most important variable on any working farm? It’s the crew who works the land, maintains crop health and keeps things running smoothly. The Sunbelt Ag Expo Darrell Williams Research Farm is no different.
Gallery: Black flag cotton and preventing plant bug injury before squaring
There are isolated reports of plant bugs damaging presquaring cotton in North Carolina. Though not typical, plant bugs will leave early season hosts during dry spells and hit young cotton, and this can result in the yield-damaging condition called “black flag” symptoms.
Catch up with field problems and stay ahead of a few
It’s already a complicated growing season. From too wet to too quickly dry, spring weather has been as volatile this year as in any. Southeast farmers face problems with pre-emergence herbicides, establishing good crop stands and getting enough moisture to plant. Here are some tips to catch up with field problems and to avoid other snags as we go forward.
Caterpillar’s new Southern plant hits stride following Asian shift
To follow a shift in market demand for its products, Caterpillar wanted to move production from its Sagami, Japan, assembly plant to the United States.
Bumper crop? Peanut demand strong but not strong enough
According to USDA’s latest report, U.S. peanut farmers are in the process of planting 1.48 million acres this spring, about 10 percent more than last year.
What does it ‘feel’ like to be a blueberry from harvest to package?
To get a better idea of what blueberries endure as they tumble through a packing line, Charlie Li developed the Berry Impact Recording Device, or BIRD. An embedded electronic chip records all the bumps and bruises as the device rattles along with the berries.
7 tips to efficiently protect corn yields with fungicides
Research shows well-timed fungicide applications can improve corn yields by 70 to 80 bushels per acre.
Options to keep in mind as corn planting lags, especially in the Southeast
Corn planting progress in Tennessee remains the furthest behind the average with 37 points fewer acres planted than average. Progress in Kentucky and Missouri also lags more than 20 point behind the five-year average at this point.
Heavy rain, high winds lodge corn and stop planters
Skies cleared Tuesday morning but not before more than 6 inches, and in some places 8 inches of rain fell across the Deep South in the last seven to 10 days, beating up corn and delaying peanut planting and general field work by several weeks. Here’s what it looked like.
Cousins finding their places on the farm
Matt Dicks and Jason Dicks are armed with wry humor and good-natured jabs but the young Florida men are serious about making farming a career.
7 tips for profitable peanut weed control in 2015
Controlling weeds in peanuts is difficult, but even more difficult in a year like this when low prices force growers to question every input.
Georgia’s Steve Brown (retired) talks Extension’s challenges and future
In a conversation with Southeast Farm Press on March 19, Steve Brown talks about Extension’s role in modern agriculture and its challenge to stay relevant in the future.
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