Brad Haire

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.
(Photos) Southern ag engineering students face off in tractor pull
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.
Fertility: the right source, rate, time and location
Soils in the southeast are very sandy. So any fertilizer that is mobile, like nitrogen, sulfur and boron, can really get away from you.
Southern wheat production down
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.
Sunbelt Field Day: Summer’s one-stop place for answers
The Sunbelt Ag Expo Field Day is the midsummer place to see the best products, varieties and on-farm research in action in the Southeast, and the Sunbelt Ag Field Day will be July 10.
(Photos) Pigweed: a Southern survivor exposed
Pigweed’s herbicide-resistant history is simple but very real. Its future control won’t be as simple but can be just as real.
Black shank hits weathered Georgia tobacco
Nearly all tobacco black shank in Georgia is Race 1. Most of the varietal resistance available is for Race 0. Long-term control of black shank will depend on development of new varieties.
Southeast planting and crop conditions still a mixed bag
Wet weather helps and hurts Southeast farmers, as peanut and cotton planting finishes up in some locations or ekes forward as soggy conditions stop farmers from getting into their fields.
Soybeans planted early equal higher yields in Deep South
Planted after May 10, soybean yield potential gradually declines in parts of Southeast.
Kentucky’s legal hemp crop ready to be planted
Kentucky’s first legal hemp crop since the 1950s is ready to go into the ground this month, something James Comer, the state’s agriculture commissioner, has been pushing for several years.
Bogged down: Deep South farmers look for dry ground
Deep South farmers are still dealing with flooded fields a week after heavy rainfall, leaving fields swamped and farmers behind on planting cotton and peanuts.
Peanut Futures Series: Will farm bill ease peanut's boom-bust cycle?
The U.S. peanut market has been since the end of the quota system on a boom-bust cycle, leaving farmers in a state of oversupply and suppressed prices or responding too much in acreage following a high-price season.
Federal GMO labeling law sounds good to some farm groups
The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling bill squarely puts the Food and Drug Administration as the nation’s authority when it comes to companies that want to label GMO food ingredients products.
Peanut inoculant recommended for 2014 planting after wet year
Peanut farmers are recommend to consider a peanut inoculant at planting in 2014, especially in poor-draining fields that had standing water for more than a couple days the previous year.
USDA report: Soybeans look to set acreage record, peanuts up
Total U.S. peanut acreage will be up 29 percent in 2014. Total upland cotton acres will increase 7 percent compared to last year but down in some Southern states. U.S. soybean acres set to set record and higher in Southeast, too, with wheat acres down, according to USDA Prospective Plantings report issued March 31.
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