Brad Haire

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.
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.
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