Chris Bickers

trade shows, farm, outlook
What’s hot and what’s not after 2015 Southeastern trade shows
“Peanuts seem to have gotten favorable treatment in the farm bill. Right now, we are selling a lot of equipment to peanut growers.”
tobacco, plantings, 2015
Tobacco farmers fear big planting cut this season
“Every conversation among growers is about a bleak forecast in terms of real leaf demand. It isn’t easy to understand how we seemingly find ourselves in this oversupply situation all of a sudden.”
Tobacco growers must grow more leaf for less in 2015
It was a tense winter for tobacco farmers, as contracts for the 2015 crop were very difficult to obtain. Prices were down, too, putting growers in the position of needing to make the most tobacco possible at lowest realistic production cost.
S.C. AgriBiz, farm, tradeshow
Crop choices still troublesome among farmers at S.C. AgriBiz Expo
“This was the Expo’s third year, and we didn’t see any falloff in either attendance or farmer interest. The innovative side of current agriculture was well represented in our exhibits, and it gave farmers an excellent opportunity to interact and get caught up.”
fruits, vegetables, Carolinas
A season that just wouldn’t end for Carolina fruits and vegetables
Managers at state farmers markets in North and South Carolina and an Eastern North Carolina county agent told Southeast Farm Press in early December that the fruit and vegetable marketing season got off to a slightly delayed start in the spring.
US tobacco growers learned some things in 2014
“Prices offered (for contracts) are moderate…but still aren’t bad. Much still depends on how the current Brazil crop turns out.”
Tobacco growers say “no” on child labor
At the beginning of October, the Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina went on record as opposing hired child labor on U.S. tobacco farms.
Tobacco harvest drags on, leaving 2014 production unclear
"We will finish up next week. Some farmers in my area will take longer than that. We had a lot of water this season. The leaf is not the best quality, but the yield is good.”
Tar Heel tobacco, peach growers favor check-offs as 2014 assessments kick in
Thanks to the new assessment on flue-cured tobacco in North Carolina, the Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina will have the resources it needs to protect and advocate for the business of growing tobacco,
Communication with farmer is key to custom application success
Tony Randolph was named AGCO Application Equipment’s 2013 Operator of the Year for his relationship-building skills with farmer customers and his attention to detail in understanding the challenges of their fields. He is known to invite customers to ride in his cab so he can explain the operation of his application machine.
succession, planning, estate
Farm succession plan important piece of the puzzle
Do you have a succession plan? You should, says Jaimie Newman-Grissom, an agricultural banker with PNC Bank who works with farmers in northeast North Carolina.
U.S. tobacco plant supply proves adequate ... but barely
At one time, U.S. tobacco farmers feared the 2014 plant supply would fall 10 percent to 15 percent short of having enough plants, but most acres farmers intended to plant were planted.
berries, Carolina, blueberries
Carolina berry growers surprised at harvest
Carolina berry plants were absolutely loaded with fruit for the 2014 harvest, and berries ripened all at once rather than gradually over a period of time.
landlords, farming, land rent
Strickland Farms: 65 landlords and counting
Strickland Farming Partnership is a eighth-generation diversified crop and livestock farm operation. The family, which includes Garrett, his son Reggie, and Reggie’s nephew Will, still farms much of the land their ancestors farmed as far back as 1861.
How to fertilize tobacco after all the rain of 2013
“We don't want our farmers using 2013 as a yardstick for 2014. It is easy to over-fertilize when supplementing nitrogen.”
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