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.

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."
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."
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