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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.
(Photos) The Bug Days of Summer hit Southern fields
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.
(Gallery) Take a look at south Georgia corn harvest – from 1945
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.
(Gallery) Can you tell the difference between a good and a bad stink bug?
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.
(Photos) The 2014 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmers of the Year
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 falls flat in the House and misses the floor
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.
Cotton PGRs: Why one size doesn’t fit all anymore
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.
Here’s what Southern farmers say they planted in 2014
No surprise peanut acreage is up in the South as corn acres drop. Total soybean acres up, too, compared to last year, according to USDA’s June 30 acreage report.
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