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..

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.

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.
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