In the last two weeks, the white sugarcane aphid has been confirmed at damaging levels in sorghum fields in Florida and Georgia. The difficult-to-control-pest was first identified in Texas two years ago when it switched its host preference from sugarcane to grains.
As insect pressure intensifies across the region, take a look at what they're dealing with in Florida’s Panhandle: a standing occupation of armyworms, and Georgia peanut farms infested with spider mites.
Deep South corn growers are gearing up for corn harvest now, some are easing equipment into fields as weather permits and corn continues to dry down. Corn harvesting equipment has come a long way in the last seven decades -- a long way.
Though they’ve gotten a deservedly bad reputation in recent years for doing serious crop damage, but not all stink bugs are crop pests. Some are beneficial and prey on other crop pests, especially in vegetable production.
Combined, the state winners of the 2014 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year program have 350 years of farming experience, with scores of farming generations before them to boot. From one of the largest growers in the state to a Vietnam veteran, from a meticulous weed warrior to even a ‘city’ boy, their backgrounds and farming operations vary across the board.
Immigration reform again lost traction in Washington last week when the U.S. House Republican leadership decided not to bring an immigration reform bill to the House floor, putting the brakes on any near-term solutions.
Mepiquat-based PGRs can help control rank growth in cotton, which is a good thing, but a plant still needs to be robust enough to support its optimal boll load in order to shoot for its top yield potential.
The International Quarter Scale Tractor Student Design Competition took place recently in Peoria, Ill. The four-day event is where agricultural engineer students from across the country show off their skills, designing and building small-scale tractors with real-world power and providing student with real-world experience. The students hook the small tractors up for a pull contest, too.
Southern winter wheat production in 2014 is expected to be less than in 2013. Southeast wheat farmers report good yields but regional average yields expected to be less than in 2013, according to the latest National Agricultural Statistics Service field office reports.