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.

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Variety selection critical to reducing disease risk
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What is the best wheat variety to grow in North Carolina?
As small grains breeder at North Carolina State University, Paul Murphy is often asked what is the best wheat variety to grow in North Carolina.
Tobacco could be new source for sought-after vaccine compound
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What went right and what went wrong with North Carolina's wheat
North Carolina’s 2015 wheat crop is turning out to be a mixed bag with some yields topping 100 bushels per acre and other yields falling as low as 30 bushels per acre.
Manage wheat growth regulators to right conditions
There are times when wheat farmers should use growth regulators as part of a fertility program and other times when growth regulators don’t have a place in producing a wheat crop, says Ron Heiniger, Extension cropping system specialist with North Carolina State University.
Dell Cotton’s peanut career leads to an unique perspective
“We never really know what our careers will turn out to be but mine has worked out well. The peanut industry is a great industry to work in and I truly enjoy working for growers," says Dell Cotton.
Good cover crop mix essential for animal and soil health
Matt Poore continues to stress the importance of cover crop mixes on grazing land to both improve soil health and increase livestock nutrition.
North Carolina wheat growers get tips on diseases, weed control
Concern about scab and ryegrass in wheat led the agenda of the 2015 Coastal Plain Small Grain Field Day April 23 at Forbis Farms in Lumber Bridge, N.C.
Carbon is the currency of exchange for soil
When considering a cover crop, farmers need to understand the carbon cycle.
Plant growth regulators have a place in North Carolina wheat
Plant growth regulators weren’t needed in North Carolina wheat this year due to the very cold winter, but there are times when they have a place in wheat production, according to Ron Heiniger, Extension cropping system specialist at North Carolina State University.
John Michael Parimuha turns to technology to build yields, cut costs
​John Michael Parimuha knows that unlocking profits will take everything he’s got this year. He turns to the latest farm and crop technology to both manage costs and build yields.
Permanent guest worker program needed
To illustrate the challenge agriculture faces finding labor, Ridge Spring, S.C. peach farmer Chalmers R. Carr III tells the story of a talk he made to a local Republican Women’s club.
Scab, Italian Ryegrass top concerns at North Carolina Wheat Field Day
Concern about scab and ryegrass in wheat led the agenda of the 2015 Coastal Plain Small Grain Field Day April 23 at Forbis Farms in Lumber Bridge, N.C.
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