Chris Bickers

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.
North Carolina tobacco growers prepare for unchartered territory in 2014
North Carolina tobacco farmers face a season of uncertainty as the 2014 growing season will be the first in a decade to not have tobacco program buyout payments.
AgriBiz Expo, South Carolina, tradeshow
What South Carolina farmers are looking for in 2014
With the price outlook for many commodities still appealing, the farmers who came to the South Carolina Agribiz Expo in January seemed willing to make needed investments for an efficient operation.
AgriBiz Expo, South Carolina, tradeshow
South Carolina AgriBiz Expo: New opportunities revealed to farmers
McCall Farms purchased a major producer of yams, creating promise for more sweet potato plantings in South Carolina, plus Birdsong will operate a new peanut buying point in Darlington, S.C., for the first time.
Spotted wing drosophila is here to stay
The fruit fly spotted wing drosophila preys on soft and sweet fruits, and if farmers are growing any, they need to be prepared to manage this pest. It's here to stay.
It wasn’t a bad season for blueberries in the Carolinas
The yield on Scott Barefoot’s blueberries was only average in 2013. But considering the season―a cold spring and an extremely wet summer―he was satisfied.
tobacco, markets, weather
What tobacco farmers can expect in 2014
It was a roller coaster ride for most tobacco growers in 2013.
Strawberry marketing is a priority
On the face of it, strawberries and tobacco may not look like the best two enterprises for a combined fruits, vegetables and row crops operation.
Muscadine growers look for bumper crop 1
The growing season for muscadines in North Carolina continued to go well after a promising beginning. “We have a good
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