Forrest Laws

Director of Content,
Penton Media Agriculture Group

Forrest Laws, director of content for the Penton Media Agriculture Group, spent 10 years with a metropolitan daily newspaper before joining Delta Farm Press in 1980. He has written extensively on farm production practices, crop marketing, farm legislation, environmental regulations and alternative energy. He now oversees the content creation for Delta, Southeast, Southwest and Western Farm Press and for BEEF, Corn and Soybean Digest, Farm Industry News, Hay & Forage Grower and National Hog Farmer. He resides in Memphis, Tenn..

Switch to continuous corn producing dividends for Webb Farms

“When corn is $3.25 a bushel, we can’t be happy with 185 bushels per acre,” he said. “My only option is to increase yields, and it’s not getting any easier with cash rents that were set when corn was at $6 and $7 per bushel.”

Farm bill decision aid goes live as USDA announces farm bill rules
James Richardson says he and other Texas A&M University analysts realized early on that what became the Agricultural Act of 2014 wasn’t going to be business as usual for the nation’s farmers.
“Boll-buggy” catches pigweed seed during harvest

Most farmers are aware of the concept of “air seeding;” i.e, distributing wheat or rice or bermudagrass seed with an airplane or a spreader truck or even by hand. What some may not think about is another method of air seeding, spreading seed, especially of glyphosate or other herbicide-resistant weeds like Palmer amaranth, out the back of their combine during harvest operations.

Dicamba-tolerant cotton on track for 2015 launch; soybeans slated for 2016

The road to the development of the latest generation of herbicide-tolerant crop traits has taken several twists and turns. The latest is a decision by Monsanto to launch Bollgard II, Roundup Ready XTend Flex cotton in 2015 – if USDA and EPA approve – and dicamba-tolerant soybeans in 2016. Monsanto’s Kimberly Moggins explains those development in this interview following the 2014 Roundup Ready Learning Experience event in Marion, Ark.

Cotton farmer caught between root-knot nematodes, slumping yield
“I can’t keep raising cotton – my yields have gone to pot because of root-knot nematodes."
Study: pre-emergence herbicides effect on cotton seed treatments
Pre-emergence herbicides can impact cotton seedling vigor and delay the crop. But can herbicides prevent absorption of the active ingredient in some seed treatments?
Farm bill payment limit now includes marketing loan gains, loan deficiency
The new 2014 farm bill has a payment limit of $125,000 per person, which includes marketing gains and loan deficiency payments in that total.
New U.S. waterways rule worries farm groups, farm-state legislators
EPA and Army Corps of Engineers say proposed new rule clarifies protection for streams and wetlands and applies to all Clean Water Act programs. Some farm groups and legislators believe rule could infringe on property rights.
Farmers need to know about tax changes in the Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, contains a number of tax law changes that could impact agricultural producers.
Corn fertility: Can a pre-tassel nitrogen application work better?
Corn farmers are always looking for better ways to do something. That’s part of the concept behind pre-tassel nitrogen application and what it can do to make corn fertility worth the investment in higher yield return.
China still drives U.S. soybean prices, but for how long
U.S. soybean stocks will remain tight through early 2014. As long as China continues to buy U.S. soybeans prices should get good support. But in the second quarter as Brazil and Argentina soybeans hit market, soybean prices likely to collapse.
Court ruling on CRP land puts question to self-employment tax
U.S. Tax Court says non-farmer Texas resident must pay self-employment tax on Conservation Reserve Program land inherited in South Dakota.
Herbicides: Time of day you spray can make a difference
University studies show crop weed herbicide applications made early in the morning when the winds not blowing typically gives much less control than that same application later in the day.
NCC chairman: Get to know well your federal crop insurance agent
The Agriculture Act of 2014 has led to major changes in the delivery of farm program benefits – from a government-oriented to a crop insurance-based program. Cotton farmers need to get on a first-name basis with their local federal crop insurance agent.
Drought top topic at World Ag Expo
Mark Watte, a California pistachio grower, said the cutbacks in California water allocations have an impact that goes far beyond turning off the water to the irrigation canals.
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