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.

North Carolina Piedmont wheat farmers deal with freeze damage
North Carolina’s Central Piedmont region was hit with temperatures of 20 degrees on March 29 which dealt a blow to the area’s wheat crop.
Team approach key to success for Titan Farms
When he got into the peach farming business in 1990 in Madison, Fla., people would tell Chalmers R. Carr III that he couldn't be both a volume grower and a quality grower.
Bayer launches ‘Feed a Bee’ campaign
Contrary to popular belief, honey bee colonies are not decreasing, but the bees are overworked and in need of more places to forage which is why Bayer CropScience has launched a major new initiative to increase forage for honey bees and other pollinators.
Timeliness critical for achieving top soybean yields
North Carolina soybean farmers have yet to officially achieve yields of 100 bushels per acre. Jim Dunphy, the state’s Extension soybean specialist at North Carolina State University, is optimistic the state will soon reach that magic number.
North Carolina wheat surprisingly good, but growers must protect yields
North Carolina’s wheat crop is looking good and it appears the harsh winter weather didn’t hurt the crop, but now is the time to manage the crop for maximum yields.
Boeremas use 'systematic' approach to achieve top soybean yields
For the Boerema family of Hyde County, N.C., finding ways to achieve top yields in soybean production is job one.
JCB debuts Fastrac 4000 Series tractors
JCB debuted its new line of Fastrac 4000 Series tractors to farm editors at its North American headquarters in Savannah, Ga. March 5, heralding features engineered for efficiency, productivity and farmers’ preferences in mind.
NC State conducting UAV research in Plymouth
The Federal Aviation Administration gave North Carolina State University the green light in September to conduct research on using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in agriculture and the studies are now underway at the Vernon G. James Research and Extension Center in Plymouth.
Preememegence program best way to control Palmer amaranth
Palmer amaranth isn’t as big a menace in the black lands of North Carolina as in other parts of the state, but that doesn't mean cotton growers shouldn't take precautions to control the weed, according to Alan York, North Carolina State University weed scientist.
North Carolina facing neonicotinoid-resistant thrips
North Carolina now has neonicotinoid-resistant thrips which is not a good thing for cotton producers in the state who rely on neonicotinoid seed treatments, according to North Carolina State University Extension Entomologist Dominic Reisig.
Look for stability when choosing a cotton variety
Cotton varieties that perform consistently at the top show a high degree of stability and stability characteristics are the best predictor for how a variety is going to perform, according to Guy Collins, North Carolina’s new cotton specialist, who has been on the job since Jan. 5.
Efficiency, accuracy biggest advantages of precision agriculture
The biggest advantage of precision agriculture is efficiency and accuracy, being able to apply chemicals and fertilizers only when and where they are needed, but Ron Heiniger stresses that precision agriculture is still in its early stages and has a long way to go to be fully implemented on the farm.
Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans set for 2016 release
Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans are on target to be released in 2016 and will provide tolerance to dicamba and glyphosate herbicides, according to Ben Kampelman, Monsanto U.S. dicamba marketing manager
North Carolina ag, military seek to forge partnerships
Both the military and agriculture have a huge impact on the economy of North Carolina and leaders from both sectors are seeking ways the two can work together.
Sorghum: ‘Hidden gem’ for North Carolina grain producers
Ron Heiniger calls grain sorghum a “hidden gem” this year as North Carolina grain producers work to step up production to meet the demands of the state’s livestock industry.
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