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.

Carolina, Virginia farmers try to meet hops demand for local craft beer
The craft beer industry has taken off in North Carolina and Virginia, and farmers in both states are beginning to grow hops to meet the needs of local brewers.
Lessons learned from a disappointing wheat crop
North Carolina is seeing a down and disappointing wheat crop this year, but there are lessons to learn for making a better crop next year.
Looking for a true malting barley in North Carolina
Researchers at North Carolina State University are working to develop barley varieties that offer malting quality.
Entrepreneur heralds new era of pesticide residue tracking
For more than 20 years, Volker Bornemann worked in BASF’s agricultural division, helping farmers and farm organizations deal with such issues as pesticide residues, genetically modified organisms and mycotoxins.
Higher wheat yields plus winter peas for feed in North Carolina
Advice on wheat management, variety selection and tips on disease and weed control in North Carolina.
North Carolina family aims to break soybean yield barrier
Glenn Pendleton Family Farms in Pasquotank County achieved North Carolina’s best recorded soybean yield ever last year with an impressive 93.3 bushels per acre, but the family is already aiming its sights on an even higher goal: breaking the 100 bushel per acre barrier.
N.C. State wants to open $160 million plant science complex by 2020
If all goes as planned, a new 200,000 square foot plant sciences research complex will be up and running on the North Carolina State University Centennial Campus by 2020.
Planter style, uniform stand are vital keys to record corn yield
Many factors played a role in David Hula’s record breaking corn yield of 532 bushels per acre last year, but the key to success was uniform emergence, making sure all the corn came up at the same time
Father-daughter team breaks North Carolina soybean yield record
Glenn Pendleton likes to make one point perfectly clear: he couldn’t have won last year’s annual North Carolina Soybean Yield Contest alone. It was a team effort all the way.
Corn yield champ talks about his production, family and right attitude 1
Many folks are surprised that the world record holder for the best corn yield ever farms in the East Coast and not in one of the “I” states, Iowa, Illinois or Indiana. But for the second time in 2015, David Hula has won the National Corn Growers Association National Corn Yield Contest.
Dan Gridley’s ‘beer farm’
Dan Gridley calls his 90-acre operation near Pittsboro, N.C. a “beer farm” because he grows the ingredients that are used to make the tasty brew.
Corn yield champions Hula and Dowdy use flags to measure emergence
It is a strategy both David Hula and Randy Dowdy use: placing colored flags next to their just emerged corn seed to see how uniformly their crop is emerging.
Italian ryegrass control is best in tilled wheat plots
Researchers at North Carolina State University are looking to cultural practices as a way to help control Italian ryegrass in wheat.
The best way to select the right wheat variety
The best way to determine what wheat variety to plant in North Carolina is to turn to the North Carolina Official Variety Test.
Get ready to spray early for cotton thrips this year
Tobacco thrips that are resistant to the neonicotinoid class of insecticides is a problem that won’t go away. North Carolina cotton farmers must remain proactive in their control efforts.
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