Brad Haire

Johnny Cochran doesn’t want to ruin his peanut rotation, but ...
Johnny Cochran believes in crop rotation and uses at least a two-year to cotton and one-year to peanut rotation. But with a year like 2015, even he is tempted to stray from that doctrine and stretch peanut rotation on a few fields.
Keith Bowen makes adjustments to tackle challenging crop season ahead
At the end of the 2015 farming season, one way or the other, Keith Bowen would like to look back and figure he spent 10 to 15 percent less than he did in 2014 on crop inputs.
Calculating soil fumigant buffer zones the right way
The Environmental Protection Agency in 2009 began to phase in new regulations for soil fumigant applications. Fumigant labels were introduced requiring stricter safety measures, including buffer zones around fields.
New widespread federal program to focus conservation efforts at the local level
Currently, more than 60,000 landowners representing 4 million acres are enrolled in U.S. conservation programs. The newly created USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program looks to accelerate that amount in the coming years.
Georgia’s Randy Dowdy hits 503-bushel corn to top national contest (variety update)
Georgia farmer Randy Dowdy continues to lift the corn yield bar, clocking 503 bushels per acre this year to top the National Corn Growers Association National Corn Yield Contest, setting the highest yield ever in the 50 years of the competition.
Tough weed: Reward versus risk of new auxin seeds, herbicides on the farm
There is little question that growers, particularly Southeast cotton growers, need the new auxin-tolerant crops and other herbicides hovering over the horizon as they continue their costly dance with herbicide-resistant weeds.
(Gallery) Wet weather hampers, blackbirds harass Georgia canola
Early, bitter cold snaps, soggy weather and blackbirds causing problems for Georgia canola. You can see the holes in rows where the birds pecked up the seedlings that did manage to break through.
Georgia’s 2014 pecans: smaller nuts, bigger price, growing market
Georgia’s pecan crop this year looks to bring 70 million pounds to market. As harvest rolls on, small nut size has been a problem due to tough summer weather, but the weather did help the crop, too.
Ag data: its value, who owns it and where’s it going?
Terry Griffin asked the audience if anyone knew what was at the bottom of any privacy/disclosure statement, the ones you must sign to download software or to use most any digital service. No one raised a hand. “Neither do I. I never read that far either,” he said.
Record yields predicted for some Southeast farmers
If the recent USDA crop production forecast holds true, farmers in some Southeast states are eyeing what could be record-setting yields for soybeans and corn in 2014.
Gallery: UASs (or drones) fly over south Georgia field
Hobbyists can fly UASs, but the FAA earlier this summer said farmers, ranchers or commercial operators can’t fly a UAS over commercial fields.
Terrell Jones creates and sells shirts made from his own cotton
Four years ago while a student in college, Terrell Jones got serious about learning how to turn his raw cotton into a finished product he could market with his own company.
NCGA president reaches out to Southeast corn farmers
Chip Bowling went to the Sunbelt Ag Expo, the first sitting president of the National Corn Growers Association to visit the annual farm show located in southwest Georgia, to promote the industry and hear from Southeast corn growers.
(Gallery) Opening day at Sunbelt Ag Expo
The 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo’s opening day was wet and stormy, but the show went on as visitors huddled under umbrellas, ribbons were cut and a farmer was tapped as top in the southeast.
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.
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