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.

grain, marketing, options
The Option: The best marketing tool for farmers?
"In my opinion, the option is the best tool ever invented for the American farmer to become a better marketer.”
Scouting more important than ever in peanut production
The sporadic nature of peanut pests, coupled with current prices squeezes, make scouting and timely insecticide applications more important than ever.
pigweed, resistance, conservation tillage
Conservation tillage systems threatened by herbicide-resistant weeds 1
“In Alabama, we have a lot of highly erodible soils with organic matter of about ½ percent on most of them. Conservation systems are intended to increase that organic matter which in turn impacts productivity on those soils.”
Different mindset needed for marketing grain crops
“So you look for those opportunities, and when you have crop insurance and have guaranteed bushels, you can feel more comfortable selling grain ahead of time.”
New crop “carinata” holds promise for Southeast
“For the past three years, we have evaluated various strategies that allow incorporation of carinata into prevalent cropping systems with minimal modification to existing infrastructure. In the fall of 2014, about 3,000 acres were contracted among 25 farmers.”
corn, weeds, herbicides
Assessing weed control programs for corn production
“We have glyphosate resistance as well as resistance to Liberty or glufosinate. That gives us another option from which to choose if we need to depending on the weed species that is present.”
Factors to consider when selecting peanut varieties for 2015
“Very few cultivars have made their mark like Georgia-06G in overall performance until recently. Growers now have more choices of high yielding and disease-resistant cultivars, including high-oleic cultivars, from which to select.”
peanut, varieties, industry
A look at 13 improved peanut varieties available now or coming soon
State, federal and private peanut breeding programs are actively involved in the development of improved varieties with desirable traits.
corn, weeds, control
Failure to start clean a big problem in corn weed control
It’s imperative that corn producers start with clean fields, whether they’re dealing with pigweed or other species.
Nat’l Peanut Board cautioned on research agreement
The wording in the National Peanut Board’s current research agreement could have a negative effect on the industry’s current effort towards mapping the peanut genome.
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."
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