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.

cattle, beef, markets
Look for periods of volatility in 2015 beef cattle market
“There will likely be periods of cattle price volatility when markets react to the many factors affecting beef prices."
cotton, markets, prices
Four things you need to know about the cotton market
“Sure, China has a lot of cotton, and if they buy it and don’t use it, yes, we have a world-record amount of cotton, but if it’s sitting in China and not being used, then effectively we don’t have nearly the stocks that we think we have."
Soybean market fickle as harvest rolls on, usage expands globally
“For the 2014-15 marketing year, the stocks-to-use ratio is headed to 13.26 percent, compared to the last three years of 3.85, 4.54 and 5.36 percent, so we’re building substantial stocks."
Bears officially kill bulls in corn market
“We have this interesting phenomenon where we’re building stocks in the U.S. and in the world of corn, soybeans, wheat and cotton. It’s really unfortunate.
cotton, target spot, disease
Cotton target spot questions remain, but yield loss is real
“Target spot first showed up in Alabama about three or four years ago and has really become an issue in south Alabama primarily on irrigated cotton or on cotton that gets a lot of rain."
Alabama soybean growers get reprieve from severe pest pressure
Alabama farmers are expected to harvest about half a million acres of soybeans this year, one of the largest crops in the Southeast. And while many producers were bracing for the worst in terms of pest control, especially from kudzu bugs and rust, luckily for them the worst didn’t happen.
grain sorghum, white sugarcane aphid
EPA exemptions granted in Southeast for white sugarcane aphid control
“Unfortunately, we have been seeing area crops decline rapidly with the poor white sugarcane aphid (WSA) control offered by alternative control methods."
precision ag, irrigation, variable rate
Irrigation is next frontier in precision agriculture
With many of the original precision ag technologies now approaching maturity, irrigation is the next big challenge.
peanuts, China, exports
China has potential as regular customer for U.S. peanut exports
Peanut exports are booming. Under the old peanut program, U.S. exported 315,000 to 320,000 farmer stock tons each year. This has doubled since the end of the program more than a decade ago.
Cotton insect behavior always evolving, control must adjust
The ever-evolving nature of cotton insect control is prompting researchers to take a new look at thrips control.
Georgia's 2014 peanut crop is a tale of two halves
Georgia's 2014 peanut crop went from wet early and then completely reversed in the opposite direction for the second part of the season.
Sunbelt Ag Expo smartphone app now accessible year-round
The all-new Sunbelt Ag Expo mobile app is now a year-round content app, with everything included when you download the free app.
peanuts, markets, technology
U.S. peanut industry aided by new technology, export growth
While a peanut market “scoreboard” shows both positives and negatives, the future of the industry in the U.S. appears bright, aided by technological advances and increased exports,
white sugarcane aphids, grain sorghum, pests
White sugarcane aphids spread to Alabama grain sorghum
White sugarcane aphids have been found anywhere from about Birmingham south, and there’s no question they’re spreading throughout the remainder of Alabama.
Spider mite damage on cotton worst since ‘50s and ‘60s
The major factor in determining when to spray for spider mites in cotton is how widely they are distributed through a cotton field. If the mites are in clumps, you might be able to ride it out.
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