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.

Howard Valentine sees an exciting future for peanuts
When Howard Valentine was a child and would build forts and play among the bags of peanuts at the warehouses managed by his father, he never dreamed peanuts would one day be his life’s work.
Automated irrigation investment paying off on her family farm 1
"We control the water, and no one can tell us at some future date that we can’t pump it. … Irrigation will help us preserve the farm now and for future generations.”
corn, fertilization, nitrogen
The corn plant will tell you when it needs nitrogen and other nutrients
The ratio that is ideal in a corn plant for nitrogen to phosphorus is 5:1 for higher yield levels, says Vyn. For nitrogen to potassium, it’s essentially 1:1.
sugarcane aphids, grain sorghum, control
Southern sorghum: Sugarcane aphids make strong first impression
“If you start seeing more than 100 aphids per leaf, you begin seeing some pretty drastic reductions in yield, up to 60 percent.”
Profiles in Peanut Profitability: Singular pursuit of excellence built today’s U.S. peanut industry
The history of the U.S. peanut industry makes for a great story, especially considering the extraordinary advances made in recent years.
Adjusting nutrient management to suit modern corn hybrids
“The older corn hybrids are taking up less nitrogen, but the biggest difference is that they do not continue to take up nitrogen for as long a period in their growth cycle."
Southeast peanut growers can learn lessons from last year
“We need to concentrate the most, probably this year and next year, on what we can do to save money when growing peanuts."
thrips, cotton, control
When it comes to cotton thrips, planting date and tillage matter
“In recent years, we’ve tended to make more oversprays, and part of this is due to the fact that we were heavy Temik users back in the early 2000s."
Nitrogen fertilization efficiency is a must
“It costs money to fertilize, and not only does it cost money, but the EPA is watching what we do."
Think about it before you shorten peanut rotations
“A lot of producers in our area are looking at greatly expanding their peanut production, and some of them might be sacrificing their rotation. For some, it might be the right decision, but for others, I don’t think it is.”
Alabama vs. Georgia on crop irrigation history, potential
“There has been rapid expansion in Georgia, and we’re starting to see that in Alabama too. Alabama has lagged behind some other states in irrigated acres partly because it’s more difficult to reach water sources in the state."
cotton, fertilization, recommendations
Cotton fertility options in times of low commodity prices
Fertilizing cotton in times of low commodity prices can be a tricky proposition, but a base amount of fertilizer is required to produce a cotton crop.
southern rust, corn, Alabama
Early planted corn less susceptible to southern rust
While southern rust isn’t an annual problem in every region of Alabama, corn producers saw plenty of it this past, when it reached outbreak proportions.
No increase predicted in Alabama’s cotton acreage
“The few acres we have in north Alabama will probably continue to go down some. In central and south Alabama, cotton and peanuts go hand-in-hand, and cotton is too good to lose as a rotational crop. Unfortunately, cotton prices have not rebounded, and we don’t have much incentive."
Peanut producers face tight budgets, possible fungicide shortages
“We basically will have 1 million acres of peanuts in Alabama, Georgia and Florida, and that may cause the shortage of some fungicide products."
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