Brad Haire

(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.
(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.
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