Hembree Brandon

Editorial Director,
Farm Press

Hembree Brandon, editorial director, grew up in Mississippi and worked in public relations and edited weekly newspapers before joining Farm Press in 1973. He has served in various editorial positions with the Farm Press publications, in addition to writing about political, legislative, environmental, and regulatory issues.

Southwest cotton growing areas could see continuation of drought in 2013
Of factors lending themselves to predictability in weather forecasting, temperatures in the Pacific Ocean and Atlantic Ocean are proving among the most reliable, says John Nielsen-Gammon, regents professor at Texas A&M University and Texas state climatologist.
2012 Midwest drought will continue to have an impact on livestock numbers, prices
Last summer’s scorching Midwest drought not only took a drastic toll on the nation’s corn yields, it sent livestock feed prices soaring and caused an unusually quick and sharp reduction in beef, pork, and poultry numbers that will have repercussions through 2013.
AFBF economist: Tight soybean supply will help support price
While U.S. soybean supplies now are a bit tighter than corn, producers should keep in mind that “the markets are more comfortable with a tight soybean supply than with tight corn supply,” says John Anderson, American Farm Bureau Federation deputy chief economist in Washington.
Prospects improving for meaningful steps toward immigration reform
Agricultural sectors that “had been in a blood feud for more than a decade” over immigrant labor issues have, within the last year, realized that “they needed to get on the same page — that if they didn’t hang together, they would hang separately.
Mississippi farmer Jeremy Jack recruits skilled workers from South Africa
As agricultural practices and systems become increasingly complex and the emphasis on efficiency in practices and resources becomes more demanding, the availability of competent, reliable local workers continues to shrink.
Forestry equipment show features in-the-field demonstrations
It is every red-blooded, big-machinery-lovin’ guy’s dream — monster machines with huge tires, plowing through the mud of the forest, roaring and clanking as they fell trees, move them about with giant arms, and effortlessly chew limbs, spitting sawdust and chips as they go.
Loggers raise millions for children’s hospitals 1
Every time you see a loaded log truck on the highways, you’re seeing another donation to support children’s hospitals.
Low cost options for pasture weed control explored
Low-end GPS guidance systems, boomless sprayers, and rope wick applicators may be cost-efficient tools for controlling pasture weeds, says John Byrd, Extension research professor of plant and soil sciences at Mississippi State University.
First-time Mississippi peanut growers learning as they go
For many north Mississippi farmers who are growing peanuts for the first time this year, it has been a learning experience.
Grains, peanuts edging out cotton on Mississippi operation
Cotton accounts for about one-fourth of the acreage this year at Moore Farms, located in Tallahatchie County, Miss., at the eastern edge of the Delta along the bluff hills — but that’s a sharp drop from 85 percent four or five years ago.
The Skinners: Getting more yield from the same acres
It’s Saturday morning, mid-August, and Bill Skinner and sons Will and Lee still have about half their corn in the field waiting to be harvested — but they’ve had two mornings straight of frog-strangling rainstorms on their farms near Macon, Miss., and radar’s showing another big one over in Arkansas, headed their way.
Mississippi growers looking forward to first peanut harvest
“I hadn’t really planned to grow peanuts this year,” says Robert Agostinelli, Jr., who farms with his brother-in-law, Charles Balducci, near Clarksdale, Miss.
Energy efficiency, fiber quality among targets of ginning research
With the cotton harvesting season near, ginners need to pay attention to practices that can save energy — and money — and to carry out measures to enhance safety of workers, says Rick Byler, research leader at the USDA-ARS Cotton Ginning Laboratory at Stoneville, Miss.
From zero soybean sales in China to $11 billion: a U.S. success story
“The American Soybean Association spent 16 years in China before we ever sold them the first soybean,” says Danny Murphy, “and today China is the largest customer for U.S. soybeans, buying almost one-fourth of all the soybeans grown in the U.S. — more than $11 billion worth annually.”
On the Selfs' Mississippi farm, it's wall-to-wall peanuts this year
For years, says Don Self, “My father and I just grew cotton and soybeans, with a little corn occasionally. But when we started growing peanuts, rotation became a necessity in order to limit diseases, and we dropped soybeans.
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