John Hart

Associate Editor,
Southeast Farm Press

John Hart is associate editor of Southeast Farm Press, responsible for coverage in the Carolinas and Virginia. He is based in Raleigh, N.C.

Prior to joining Southeast Farm Press, John was director of news services for the American Farm Bureau Federation in Washington, D.C. He also has experience as an energy journalist. For nine years, John was the owner, editor and publisher of The Rice World, a monthly publication serving the U.S. rice industry.  John also worked in public relations for the USA Rice Council in Houston, Texas and the Cotton Board in Memphis, Tenn. He also has experience as a farm and general assignments reporter for the Monroe, La. News-Star.

John is a native of Lake Charles, La. and is a  graduate of the LSU School of Journalism in Baton Rouge.  At LSU, he served on the staff of The Daily Reveille.

Bollworm problems in North Carolina cotton due to more corn acres
Bollworms presented real headaches to North Carolina farmers who grew Bt cotton this year due in part to a big increase in corn acreage in the state.
Using cover crops to fight Palmer amaranth in cotton
With herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth becoming an ever increasing problem, cotton farmers are looking for non-chemical methods to control their number one weed worry. Cover crops may be one tool that delivers results.
With new auxin herbicides, resistance likely and a priority concern
Cotton farmers are still waiting for the go ahead from the Environmental Protection Agency to use the new auxin-based herbicide formulations in Enlist Duo and Roundup Ready 2 Xtend with still no word on a label approval as the 2016 crop season draws to a close.
High-oleic peanuts ready to replace popular Bailey
Bailey has become a superstar Virginia-type peanut cultivar due to its high yield potential and good disease resistance, but with the industry calling for high-oleic peanut varieties, farmers in the Carolinas and Virginia are turning to cultivars with high-oleic chemistry.
Historic flood still lingers over South Carolina cotton
Last October’s historic floods took a toll on cotton in South Carolina this year with USDA pegging planted acreage at 190,000 acres, down from 235,000 acres last year.
Do your homework before installing drain tiles
Chad Poole encourages farmers to do their homework before installing a tile system for drainage on their farms.
N.C. State picks a date to open new Plant Sciences Center
With 90 percent of the funding secured, North Carolina State University aims for an opening of its new $160.2 million Plant Science Research Complex on the Centennial Campus in Raleigh.
Farmer Jeff Spruill sprayed new dicamba on 160 acres of soybeans
Jeff Spruill is part of Monsanto’s Ground Breakers program and was allowed to apply dicamba on Asgrow Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans in 2016.
Drone measures seeding rate, drought stress and yield estimate
Last August, Virginia Tech researchers purchased a drone to use in their work in crop improvement across Virginia, and now with a year of experience using the technology, both Maria Balota and Joseph Oakes give the drone high marks for results and accuracy.
Trying to delay troubling herbicide resistance in North Carolina
Herbicide resistance is a problem that’s not going away and farmers need every tool possible to battle pigweed and other weeds.
Peanut farmers in North Carolina will shift to high-oleic varieties
Enough seed peanuts of the varieties Wynne and Sullivan available this year to plant a high percentage of North Carolina’s peanut crop to these new high-oleic cultivars next year.
540-bushel corn? A specialist talks about it in North Carolina
Corn specialist talks about making potential 540 bushel per acre corn.
Virginia Ag Expo is the place to discuss the issues of crop production
This year’s Virginia Ag Expo featured a self-paced tour which allowed the more than 1,800 participants to discuss firsthand with Virginia Tech experts the issues they face in producing crops in Virginia.
6 peanut seeds per foot makes the most money
Research conducted in Virginia shows six seeds per foot delivers the best return for peanut farmers in Virginia and Carolina region.
No real difference seen in peanut herbicide time of day applications
For the most part, the effectiveness of common peanut herbicide applications are not influenced by time of application, research at the University of Georgia reveals.
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