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.

National Peanut Board delays vote on sharing technology overseas
The National Peanut Board has delayed for one year approving an agreement with research institutions that would restrict the sharing of commercial products – such as seed varieties developed with grower-funded research funds – with international competitors.
peanuts, markets, carryovers
More peanuts, more carryover expected in 2015
"With the incentive to plant more peanuts, I encourage growers not to overplant because that will bring down prices."
Breaking through the wheat yield barrier
One of the latest trends in row-crop production appears to be that of breaking yield barriers – 100-bushel soybeans, 500-bushel corn, 8,000-pound peanuts, and the list goes on. So where does wheat fit into all of this?
vegetables, farm bill, fruits
Fruits and veggies get increased funding with new Farm Bill
The farm bill increased funding levels for specialty crops by 55 percent to about $4 billion over 10 years. Some of the existing programs were expanded and new programs were created.
corn, fertilization, yields
Georgia looks at what’s required for 300-bushel corn
“I think we have a decent handle on how to fertilizer for 300-bushel corn. In fact, Georgia has had recommendations for a long time, and with this resurgence among producers of wanting to go for high yields, we’ve brought those back out."
Cotton plant bug thresholds tweaked in Alabama
“So we’ve added a threshold this year for adult plant bugs in June rather than just relying on pinhead square retention. But you need a sweep net to monitor it – you can’t just go out and visibly find them."
weather, El Nino, climate
El Niño appears in place for winter months
“When you have an El Niño in place, corn yields generally are down from 10 to 35 percent over the entire Southeast."
peanuts, growers, awards
2014 Peanut Profitability Award winners discuss past year’s crop
“Our peanut crop in 2014 turned out really well, with good grades and good quality. One of our biggest concerns is the first frost, and we never know when we’ll see it. But yields should be about 4,500 pounds or better.”
Cotton growers saw thrips resistance in 2014
“The seed treatments are the only thrips control option at planting that we’re aware of."
peanuts, high-oleic, manufacturers
High-Oleic Peanuts: Manufacturers see added value, competitive edge
“There are four varieties available today, and they absolutely are competitive in terms of yield and grade with Georgia-06G.
corn, brown, stink bug
Brown marmorated stink bug is one to watch on corn this year
“We’ve seen corn damaged by various species of stink bug in the southern part of the state, but last year we started to see more stink bug damage on corn in north Alabama."
high-oleic, peanuts, cultivars
High-Oleic Peanuts: Improved cultivars could mean quicker adoption on the farm
“We know there are advantages with high-oleic peanuts, including a better shelf life and the fact that it’s considered a healthier product."
Several factors could join to boost fruit and vegetable demand
Looking at the long-term market outlook all the way to 2022, grower prices for vegetables are forecast to increase by 0.7 annually on average from 2013 to 2022. The import value of U.S. vegetables is forecast to grow by 4.6 percent, whereas export value is projected to grow by 2.9 percent per year through 2022.
peanuts, profitability, awards
Class of 2015 sought for Peanut Profitability Awards
“Peanut Profitability has set a standard of excellence over the years, and while it has never been an easy honor to earn, I expect another fine group of nominees in 2015.”
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."
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