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.

planter, technology, precision
Get better planter performance with a few minor adjustments
"There’s a lot of new stuff coming out with planter technology, and our job is to figure out what it all means to growers, not only of grain crops but also of cotton.”
Heavy rye cover keeps down and smothers resistant Palmer amaranth
If herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth gets out of control, it can be a hopeless situation for cotton farmers, sometimes leaving fields unharvested.
Calcium more important in large-seeded peanuts
When it comes to fertilizing peanuts, it all comes down to calcium. And, you have to have soluble calcium right in that pegging zone in the top three inches.
corn, nitrogen, yields
Higher nitrogen rates don't always equal higher corn yields in the South
Corn responds to nitrogen, but high nitrogen rates may not always be the most profitable thing a corn farmer can do, especially in the South.
Saving seed: Better know the law
Most newer crop varieties, according to the Georgia Crop Improvement Association, are protected by the Plant Variety Protection Act (PPVA) and/or a utility patent.
peanuts, varieties, genetics
High-oleic, disease resistance leading peanut breeding programs
“Leaf spot is a big problem among growers who spray for it every 10 to 14 days. In addition to looking at the genetic diversity, we have developed some leaf spot-resistant lines through our biotechnology program, and they are showing extremely good resistance to both early and late leaf spot."
corn, yields, inputs
Does increasing corn inputs payoff in high enough yields?
"Growers really want to know what raises the bar, and what really impacts 300-bushel corn. We’ve made higher yields in the last couple of years, and we want to know how to keep making those,”
USDA boosts 2013 peanut yields as supply continues to grow
“The USDA’s January crop production report showed some increased peanut yield estimates, so we had a little bit bigger crop than was reported this past November."
Plan to make corn profitable in 2014
Lower corn prices in 2014 means it’s even more important for corn farmers to have a strong marketing plan to make corn profitable in the coming year.
Georgia’s top peanut insects revealed and the tricks they play
“There are a lot of insects in a typical peanut field. Most of them are just hanging out because a peanut field is a great place to live, and that’s good because we don’t have to worry about those insects.”
peanuts, budgets, crops
Peanuts lead in Georgia’s 2014 crop budgets
Peanuts look to be the highest return above variable costs for 2014. Prices for cotton, corn and soybeans have been in a downtrend. Where they are at planting time may be different. Actual returns would change as price, yield and cost changes.
It’s all about the tillers when maximizing wheat profits, yields
Whenever you talk about maximizing wheat profits and yields, you’re really talking about managing your tillers.
Southeast corn growers share key details on how they achieve high yields
“In recent years, I’ve seen yields of grain crops in the Southeast increase more than I ever thought they would."
Corn yield potential highest when coming out of the bag
“The difference between corn and other crops is that corn has much less compensation ability than some of the other row crops."
peanuts, maturity, harvest
Research aims to take the guesswork out of determining peanut maturity
"Can flower termination to prevent immature peanuts lead to improved maturity distribution, flavor, grade, yield, outturn and other factors?"
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