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.

peanuts, exports, markets
Peanut Futures: Peanut program evolution pushes exports to forefront
There’s no such thing as too many peanuts, there’s just too few markets.
peanuts, marketing, price
Peanut Futures: Know the tools to handle peanut production risks
“In peanuts, particularly on the price side, you’re working with limited information. In the spring, you’re trying to decide how many acres you’re going to plant, and where to go to get prices. Growers are responding to markets now, and looking at costs and returns.”
wheat, scab, Southeast
(Grower alert) Wheat scab outbreak seen in Alabama, Georgia
Buying points are looking for scabby wheat in the Deep South and probably will dock the price considerably or refuse to purchase the wheat.
kudzu bugs, soybeans, Alabama
Kudzu bugs cut yields in unsprayed soybeans
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s economic threshold for kudzu bugs in soybeans this year call for treating prior to first bloom when there is an average of five kudzu bugs per plant for the entire field.
wheat, Southeast, harvest
Lower Southeast wheat crop shows potential going into harvest
“We thought the unusually cold temperatures of this past winter might hurt us, but wheat looks good right now, and we like the potential. The heads are filled nicely, even though the crop did get a late start."
sesame, Alabama, markets
Sesame crop looking to find a home in lower Southeast
In Alabama, farmers contracted to grow a record 7,500 acres of sesame in 2013, up from only 1,500 in 2012.
cotton growth, PRG, regulate
Cotton PGR decisions need to start early
If farmers wait until first bloom before deciding how to manage the cotton plant with plant growth regulators, it’s too late if it’s an aggressively growing cotton plant. It’s hard to slow down.
peanuts, grow, markets
Peanut Futures: Marketing for profitability in a world market
"You don’t want to cut back to the point of damaging yield, but there are things you can do to reduce production costs and have no effect on yield. Keep in mind that it’ll take us a year or two to work through this peanut market situation.”
soybeans, herbicide, sensitivity
More screening needed to test soybean herbicide sensitivity
Research during the past two years on sandy soils in Alabama has shown very little sensitivity to the herbicide chemistry saflufenacil. However, several reports in 2013 of stunting of soybeans on both sandy loam and silt loam soils indicates more work is needed.
intercropping, watermelon, cotton
Resistant pigweed slows intercropping progress
Herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth hindering profitable cotton-melon intercropping farming method.
peanuts, markets, price
Peanut Futures series: Oversupply not deterring more 2014 peanut planting
“Peanuts, like corn, cotton and soybeans, aren’t really begging you to plant – they’re just playing alongside the other crops."
Irrigation important corn yield tool, but not everything needed
Irrigation for corn in the South is almost essential to achieve a corn hybrid’s highest yield potential, but it alone will not overcome improper fertilization and nematode control.
Irrigation doesn’t increase corn yield – it captures it
“With irrigation, we’re able to avoid some of the stresses that limit yield potential, and that’s what we have to do. Irrigation is a tool in managing the corn plant to capture maximum yield. We don’t increase yield, but we capture it."
Rain-hindered research confirms thrips could be cotton's No. 1 insect foe
Thrips have the potential to be the most damaging insect pest of cotton, with average control estimated at $24.50 per acre – $15 to $18 for the seed treatment and $8 for the foliar spray.
More Southern farmers adopting precision farming practices
A survey conducted by Southern universities finds out how many farmers now use GPS guidance and information gathering technology, variable rate input management or automatic section control for a sprayer or planter.
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