Peanut warehouse capacity, particularly in the Southeast, could reach its limit as the 2016 crop comes in, and farmers need to make sure that their peanuts will have room in a Commodity Credit Corporation-approved warehouse.
From cattle thieves caught on camera to the world’s fastest tractor and from pecan truffles to citrus schemes and from drunken friends to standing naked, 2015 -- like all years before it – had its share of odd stories and commentaries.
Most Southeast farmers don’t see soybeans as ‘poverty peas’ anymore. From the re-introduction of indeterminate varieties to the gamble on ultra-late planting and from timely irrigation to precise fertility, growers can get higher soybean yields with a few minor adjustments or go for over-the-fence yields with major adjustments. It’s up to the farmer.
From a record-smashing 532-bushel corn yield to PPO resistance and from drought to the miracles of cover crops, Southeast cornfields in 2015 had things happen in them that are best remembered as Southeast corn farmers prepare for their 2016 cropping year.
From a bird’s-eye view of a disaster to peanuts on fire and from Haitians in corn to a helicopter over cotton and from black-in-white irrigation to complex farming, here’s a look at the people, places and things that helped tell the stories of Southeast agriculture this year.
The idea of an early production soybean system using indeterminate varieties has been around for decades, but it wasn’t a particularly economic way to grow soybeans in the Southeast. But old can be new again, say some soybean experts.
Zippy Duvall’s been on the road. By late October, he’d been to more than a dozen states and planned to hit more than 30 states by year’s end, all on his trek to be the next American Farm Bureau Federation president.
Brad Thompson lands the helicopter on top of the upper deck of the modified trailer. Cotton plants whirled and dirt swirled. On the trailer, farmhand/ground crewman Dusty Smith casually refills the copter’s spray tank and chats with Thompson.