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.

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.
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.
Advanced irrigation scheduling improves water timing and yields
Very few Georgia farmers use advanced irrigation scheduling techniques to manage irrigation on their farms because they often find it overwhelming or too costly to implement.
North Carolina corn farmers have never seen a crop like this
As the new year began, North Carolina State University Extension Corn Specialist Ron Heiniger boldly proclaimed 2016 as “the year of the corn” because this would be the year North Carolina would make a record corn crop.
Ag deans talk about the price of a college degree and plans for future
The deans of the Colleges of Agriculture at Auburn University, the University of Georgia and Mississippi State University all agree that higher education will continue to play a vital role in the future of U.S. agriculture
Delaying wheat harvest reduces soybean yields in a double-crop system
The challenge of double-crop soybean production is that yields often don’t keep up with full season yields which is why an initiative was launched two years ago to increase yields in double- crop small grain/soybean systems across the Mid-Atlantic.
You might not believe how far peanut yields drop with poor rotation
Irrigation significantly improves peanut yields in all rotation systems while the length of rotations also influences yield, according to research conducted in Georgia.
Ag’s invasive species problem likely to get worse before better
The problem of invasive species will likely get worse before it gets better and agriculture must take action now to manage the possible onslaught of new organisms, new insects and new diseases that is expected to escalate, says a University of Georgia plant pathologist.
APRES meeting draws 'who's who' of peanut experts
This year’s annual meeting of the American Peanut Research and Education drew a crowd of nearly 400 peanut scientists and others in the peanut industry to the Hilton Clearwater Beach in sunny Clearwater, Fla. July 12-14 for a comprehensive forum on the latest peanut research.
Greening: Florida citrus not viable by 2019, models predict
Estimated 80 percent to 90 percent of Florida is either infected or is going to be infected by citrus greening, and some in the industry say 100 percent of the state’s citrus crop could well be infected.
It’s make-or-break year for South Carolina peanut farmers
It may not be the most exciting thing to hear, but Clemson University Peanut Specialist Dan Anco says the best thing that can happen for South Carolina peanut growers this year is cooperative weather from now until harvest.
Belches turn precise inputs into peanut efficiency award success
For the Belch family – husband Mike, wife Cindy and son Brandon – efficiency in peanut production relies on precision agriculture, and they are 2016 Farm Press Peanut Efficiency Award for the Upper Southeast.
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