Brad Haire

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.
Ag data: its value, who owns it and where’s it going?
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.
Record yields predicted for some Southeast farmers
If the recent USDA crop production forecast holds true, farmers in some Southeast states are eyeing what could be record-setting yields for soybeans and corn in 2014.
Gallery: UASs (or drones) fly over south Georgia field
Hobbyists can fly UASs, but the FAA earlier this summer said farmers, ranchers or commercial operators can’t fly a UAS over commercial fields.
Terrell Jones creates and sells shirts made from his own cotton
Four years ago while a student in college, Terrell Jones got serious about learning how to turn his raw cotton into a finished product he could market with his own company.
NCGA president reaches out to Southeast corn farmers
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.
(Gallery) Opening day at Sunbelt Ag Expo
The 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo’s opening day was wet and stormy, but the show went on as visitors huddled under umbrellas, ribbons were cut and a farmer was tapped as top in the southeast.
Georgia’s Philip Grimes is the 2014 Southeastern Farmer of the Year
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.
(Gallery) Fluffing wet peanuts and an aerial view as harvest gets rolling
After rainy, cloudy weather, peanuts often need a re-shake with equipment that lifts the vines from the ground, breaking the contact with the wet soil and loosening soil and dirt from the peanuts.
(Gallery) A look at Georgia cotton harvest, production from 70 years ago
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.
Florida citrus growers need to remove, replant 6 million citrus trees
More than 6 million citrus trees need to be removed and replanted to curve the damage caused by citrus greening in Florida. Through the federal Tree Assistance Program, Florida citrus growers now can get money to help them get it done.
(Update) 100-plus-bushel soybeans officially reached in Georgia
In a sponsored research trial in Brooks County, Ga., 100-plus bushels per acre of soybeans were harvested Sept. 11, the highest official soybean yield ever recorded for the state.
Peanut growers get advice on difficult dryland decisions (Updated)
The dryland peanut corp in Georgia took a hit in late July and into August when some major peanut-producing regions missed getting afternoon thunderstorms, receiving only a few inches of rain or none at all.
(Gallery) Farmers go to see 100-bushel soybeans in Georgia
The challenge was to conduct a 60-acre research trial on a south Georgia farm using a dozen different varieties on four- to five-acre plots in an effort to produce 100-bushel soybeans, or better, using an early soybean production system.
White sugarcane aphid now causing problems in Georgia, Florida sorghum
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.
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