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.

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.
Developing peanut varieties an ongoing challenge
Developing peanut varieties is a challenge because plant breeders have to meet the needs of growers, shellers and processors which is hard to do, says North Carolina State University Peanut Breeder Tom Isleib.
North Carolina sees better disease-resistant peanut varieties coming
Four diseases tend to hammer peanut yield and quality in North Carolina with researchers at N.C. State University conducting a number of research trials to combat the problem.
Peanut Profitability winners discuss strip tillage benefits, fungicides
Winners of the 2015 Peanut Profitability Awards were recognized for both the quality and quantity of their peanut crops and the successful production practices that brought them there during the 17th annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga. July 25.
Critically import now to scout peanuts for insects
University of Georgia Extension Entomologist Mark Abney characterizes 2014 as a “very buggy year” in Georgia with a great deal of insect pressure and he says last year can provide a number of lessons on peanut insect management this year.
Bayer facility designed ‘for way people work today’
Bayer CropScience’s newly renovated headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C. is built “for the way people work today,” featuring more open space, more natural light and added amenities designed to enhance collaboration and cooperation among the 700 employees who work there.
Cotton Board's first ever Women in Agriculture Tour
Sixty-four women from 16 of the nation’s 17 cotton-producing states converged on Cary, N.C. June 15 for a tour of Cotton Incorporated world headquarters for the Cotton Board’s first ever Women in Agriculture Tour.
Cotton faces unrelenting synthetics competition
Cotton continues to face unrelenting competition from synthetic fibers, but Cotton Incorporated is taking steps to increase market shares in traditional markets while looking to other markets where cotton is usually not the first fiber of choice.
(Gallery) For Brian McClam, success is good help, advisors and family
For Brian McClam, the Farm Press 2015 Peanut Profitability Award winner for the Upper Southeast, timeliness plays a key role in his success.
Record crowd expected for Blackland Farm Managers Tour
A record crowd of 500 is expected for the 45th Blackland Farm Managers Tour set for Wednesday, Aug. 5 at Circle Grove Seeds in Belhaven, N.C.
Timeliness, hard work keys to success for Brian McClam
When Brian McClam started farming in 1996, his grandfather Howard McClam gave him an important rule to remember to be successful: “I want you to remember one thing: When you get to the end of the year — whether you lost your tail or not — don’t ever be able to say to yourself, ‘I should have done that.’ Make sure you did that.”
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