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.

Sugarcane aphid, drones and bioenergy highlight Pee Dee field day
The 2015 Pee Dee Farm Field Day covered most of the major field crops produced in South Carolina and also looked at new technology and bioenergy crops.
Cover crops, no-till shine in drought year
Ever since he started farming in 2012, Russell Hedrick of Hickory, N.C. has used a combination of no-till and multi-species cover crops to build soil health and increase yields.
Why Virginia Tech changed its cotton nitrogen recommendation
Virginia Tech has changed its nitrogen recommendations in cotton from a flat rate of 60 to 90 pounds per acre to more of a yield goal, according to Hunter Frame, Virginia Tech cotton specialist.
Smithfield cover crops 100% of its corn
Smithfield Hog Production, formerly Murphy-Brown, LLC, is currently cover cropping 100 percent of its corn acreage and is assisting area growers in obtaining cover crop seeds, according to Rachel Carr, agronomist with Smithfield.
Virginia, North Carolina cotton farmers face growing plant bug problem
Plant bugs are becoming a bigger and bigger challenge for farmers in Virginia and North Carolina.
Russell Hedrick turns just four inches of rain into good dryland yield
Drought has devastated North Carolina’s Piedmont this year with many farmers having to call their crop insurance agents because their soybeans and corn weren’t worth harvesting.
PPO inhibitors shortcomings prompt concerns
Palmer amaranth continues to rear its ugly head in North Carolina, and stink bugs remain a nemesis in corn.
Diseases, pigweed top North Carolina concerns
The importance of disease management to maximize corn yields and ongoing concern about palmer Amaranth topped discussion at the 2015 Northeast Ag Expo Field Day in Shiloh, N.C. July 30.
North Carolina wheat farmers, selecting right variety is top decision
Selecting the right variety is job one for North Carolina wheat farmers and the most important key is planting varieties that are specifically targeted to the Tar Heel State.
500-bushel corn: Mission impossible in North Carolina?
In the old Mission Impossible television series, things weren’t always as they seemed and the same is often true about producing 500 bushel corn in North Carolina, says North Carolina State University Extension Corn Specialist Ron Heiniger.
Top corn yield: Stand emergence surprise impact
Uniform emergence plays an important role in achieving top corn yields, according to Ron Heiniger, Extension cropping system specialist at North Carolina State University.
Peanut genomics gains momentum towards better varieties
Genomics offers great opportunities for improving the traits and characteristics of peanuts, researchers speaking at the 2015 Southern Peanut Growers Conference stressed.
US peanut industry targets Chinese market
Leaders in the U.S. peanut industry view China as a huge potential market for U.S. peanuts and see real opportunity to sell U.S. branded products directly to Chinese consumers.
Blackland Farm Managers Tour focuses on high yields
The 45th Blackland Farm Managers Tour drew a big crowd of 450 people to Circle Grove Seeds and Haslin Farms in Belhaven, N.C. Aug. 5. The Blackland tour is considered the most comprehensive field days and this year the focus was primarily on achieving top yields.
Questions about tank mixes prove difficult to answer
There are more than 91,000 potential spraying combinations farmers can use when it comes to tank mixtures.
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