Chris Bickers

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.”
Carolinas, wheat, disease
Wheat produces head but doesn’t fill out
Dryland foot rot, a wheat disease that resembles sulfur deficiency, appeared in at least one part of the Southeast this spring.
fruits, vegetables, carolinas
Carolina fruits handled harsh winter surprisingly fine
Fruit and vegetables in the Carolinas suffered some seriously cold weather this winter, including the unexpected cold snap in mid-April, but sources tell Southeast Farm Press that most came through well.
tobacco, transplants, Southeast
Could a tobacco plant shortage limit leaf acres?
“Some greenhouse operators waited five to 10 days later than normal to seed because of the price of LP gas. Since then we have had a lot of cold nights and cool days. Now we are probably a week behind overall on seeding date and another week behind in growth in the greenhouse.”
cover crops, blend, no-till
North Carolina farmer Russell Hedrick gets the max from cover crop mix
North Carolina farmer Russell Hedrick gets the max from his cover crop mix by using several different species, tailoring his approach to get the best for his soil.
Tobacco growers discuss 2014 supply imbalance, new varieties
North Carolina tobacco farmer Tim Yarbrough plans to increase 2014 tobacco acreage but no more than a 5-percent and remains concerned about tobacco supply and demand in 2014.
What will the Upper Southeast 2014 crop mix be?
The production picture for traditional Southern crops was a bit murkier in February than it has been in the last two years.
farm, show, equipment
Good turnout, bright outlook at 2014 Southern Farm Show
The weather was grim but the turnout was great at the Southern Farm Show Feb 5, 6 and 7 in Raleigh, N.C., with farmers―mostly from the Carolinas and Virginia―coming to see what is available in 2014 to help produce farm commodities.
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