Paul Hollis

Southeast Farm Press

Paul Hollis is a native of Alabama who received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Auburn University. He served as business editor and city editor for a daily newspaper and as publications and news editor for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System before joining Farm Press in 1990. Paul lives with his wife Tammy in Auburn, Ala. They have a daughter, Tess.

farm bill, conservation, titles
What’s new in Farm Bill other than commodity programs?
“For ‘next-generation’ farmers and ranchers, which is how the bill refers to beginning farmers, the new legislation provides $100 million for the Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development program to facilitate farmland transition to the next generation of farmers."
sod-based, rotations, cattle
Renewed interest in sod-based rotations sparked by low commodity prices
“We just can’t go out and change our soils overnight. It takes time for these cover crops and perennial grasses to work and build up organic matter."
U.S. continues to “chew” on excess peanut supplies
“We definitely cut back on the number of acres in 2013. And while we do have a buildup of stocks that we’re trying to work through, we actually saw an increase in acres this past year. So despite a lower yield in 2014, production could be about where it was last year.”
cotton, seed, rates
Is it profitable to reduce cotton seeding rates?
“The reason we became interested in this primarily is because cotton seed no longer is $50 to $100 per bag, it’s gone up to $500 to $600 per bag."
For a job with a future, look to agriculture
“The report describes with specific statistics what we’ve long heard from our industry partners, that they can’t find enough qualified professionals to fill vital jobs."
Thrips becoming reliable pest for Georgia peanut producers
"This year, the thrips pressure was pretty heavy, and we saw results from both treatments. I don’t know if I can say right now if one was better than the other."
cattle, beef, markets
Look for periods of volatility in 2015 beef cattle market
“There will likely be periods of cattle price volatility when markets react to the many factors affecting beef prices."
cotton, markets, prices
Four things you need to know about the cotton market
“Sure, China has a lot of cotton, and if they buy it and don’t use it, yes, we have a world-record amount of cotton, but if it’s sitting in China and not being used, then effectively we don’t have nearly the stocks that we think we have."
Soybean market fickle as harvest rolls on, usage expands globally
“For the 2014-15 marketing year, the stocks-to-use ratio is headed to 13.26 percent, compared to the last three years of 3.85, 4.54 and 5.36 percent, so we’re building substantial stocks."
Bears officially kill bulls in corn market
“We have this interesting phenomenon where we’re building stocks in the U.S. and in the world of corn, soybeans, wheat and cotton. It’s really unfortunate.
cotton, target spot, disease
Cotton target spot questions remain, but yield loss is real
“Target spot first showed up in Alabama about three or four years ago and has really become an issue in south Alabama primarily on irrigated cotton or on cotton that gets a lot of rain."
Alabama soybean growers get reprieve from severe pest pressure
Alabama farmers are expected to harvest about half a million acres of soybeans this year, one of the largest crops in the Southeast. And while many producers were bracing for the worst in terms of pest control, especially from kudzu bugs and rust, luckily for them the worst didn’t happen.
grain sorghum, white sugarcane aphid
EPA exemptions granted in Southeast for white sugarcane aphid control
“Unfortunately, we have been seeing area crops decline rapidly with the poor white sugarcane aphid (WSA) control offered by alternative control methods."
precision ag, irrigation, variable rate
Irrigation is next frontier in precision agriculture
With many of the original precision ag technologies now approaching maturity, irrigation is the next big challenge.
peanuts, China, exports
China has potential as regular customer for U.S. peanut exports
Peanut exports are booming. Under the old peanut program, U.S. exported 315,000 to 320,000 farmer stock tons each year. This has doubled since the end of the program more than a decade ago.
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