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.

Pictures show hurricane's unprecedented damage to North Carolina crops
While it is still too early to put a dollar value on the damages to crops in North Carolina from Hurricane Matthew, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler makes it clear that the destruction to agriculture is unprecedented.
What is ‘cellular agriculture’ and can it help feed the world?
The focus of agriculture on plants and animals, but scientists are looking to “cellular agriculture” as a means to produce food from cell culture as one more way to feed a growing world population
Gross Farms commitment to conservation is impressive and enduring
Gross Farms developed their first conservation plan nearly 30 years ago in 1987 to improve soil and water quality on their tobacco farm in Lee County, N.C.
Clemson breeds drought-tolerant soybeans
Year in and year out drought proves to be one of the greatest stresses facing soybeans in South Carolina which is why Clemson University is breeding soybean varieties with drought tolerant traits.
A cotton grower can lose $103 to $315 per acre with this single error
In meetings and field days throughout the year, North Carolina State University Extension Cotton Specialist Guy Collins has continually emphasized the importance of choosing the right variety.
Can high-oleic peanut varieties be managed like popular Bailey?
With farmers in the Carolinas and Virginia expected to turn to the high-oleic cultivars Sullivan and Wynne next year, they are curious if the disease control methods used in the highly popular variety Bailey will work in Sullivan and Wynne as well.
Sugarcane aphid control hinges on tolerant hybrids, treated seed
Selecting tolerant hybrids and using treated seed are important steps to control sugarcane aphids in sorghum, which has become a major pest in South Carolina.
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.
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