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..

Lifelong farmer wins Sunbelt Expo Farmer of Year honor
Sunbelt Expo Farmer of the Year Danny Kornegay says all he ever wanted to do was farm and feels blessed to have been able to make it a career.
Mississippi to provide plenty of ‘sweets’ for Sunbelt Expo visitors
Mississippi is bringing practically everything but the kitchen sink to show off as the Spotlight State at the Sunbelt Expo this year, and it might bring the sink, too.
USDA deputy secretary has homecoming at Peanut Conference: Part II
Deputy Agriculture Krysta Harden says peanut farmers have the talent, determination to grow markets for U.S. peanuts.
Reclaiming the market for U.S. cotton
Ten years ago it would have been difficult for anyone to imagine cotton arriving at this juncture.
Plant cotton for the total returns, not cotton futures
“I’ve been telling producers who are growing cotton in 2015 to be patient,” said Don Shurley, Extension cotton marketing specialist for the University of Georgia.
‘Don’t let up’ on making farm bill decision-making
Some farmers and landowners may have breathed too much of a sigh of relief when Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a decision to extend the 2014 farm bill’s Feb. 27 deadline for base reallocation and yield updates to March 31.
Farmers get some breathing room on base, yield decisions
Farmers who wish to reallocate base acres and update yields can contact their county Farm Service Agency office and make an appointment to do so later if they cannot complete the paperwork by Friday’s national deadline.
Georgia cotton physiologist wins national award at Beltwide
John Snider, University of Georgia assistant professor, was named the Outstanding Young Cotton Physiologist during the 2015 Beltwide Cotton Conferences in San Antonio.
Guy Collins named Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year
Guy Collins, formerly the Extension cotton specialist for Georgia who recently relocated to a similar position in North Carolina, was named the Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences.
Deltapine’s ready with two Flex and five XtendFlex cotton varieties
Monsanto’s Deltapine unit plans to offer five new cotton varieties containing the new Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton traits for the 2015 season, if it can get the final federal approval.
Watch marketing year average price to help farm bill decisions
Everyone says the 2014 farm bill is complicated, and part of the reason it’s complicated is the number of choices farmers have when they sign up for its provisions. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, says Texas A&M University’s Joe Outlaw.
Tennessee brothers looking to repeat in National Corn Yield Contest
When Scott and Matt Rhea harvested 334.95 bushels of corn per acre on a dryland field in 2012, they thought it would take an exceptional year for them to be able to top that. Well, welcome to 2014.
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.

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