Alabama Governor Robert Bentley last week charged the Alabama Drone Task Force to review the requirements to further Alabama’s use of drones in areas of agriculture, conservation and law enforcement....More
I’ve interviewed many farmers over the years who talk about having to grow to survive and they’re not exaggerating, especially the younger guys who are struggling to establish themselves. Whether by necessity or by choice, expansion seems to be the name of the game in commercial agriculture....More
Precision agriculture tools such as Real Time Kinematic (RTK) satellite navigation will go a long way in helping farmers remain competitive, improve efficiency and increase yields as they work to feed a growing world population....More
If there’s an advantage in Alabama’s irrigation deficit, it’s that the state can look to its neighbors such as Georgia and learn from their mistakes, especially in the area of restrictions and regulations, which continue to evolve in most of the Southeastern United States....More
The pesticide registration process – FIFRA – establishes acceptable pesticide residue levels for products approved in the U.S. Meanwhile, foreign governments are increasing oversight and testing of imported food for pesticide residues....More
Combined, the state winners of the 2014 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year program have 350 years of farming experience, with scores of farming generations before them to boot. From one of the largest growers in the state to a Vietnam veteran, from a meticulous weed warrior to even a ‘city’ boy, their backgrounds and farming operations vary across the board.
This is certainly not to suggest a wholesale relocation of the Corn Belt to the Southeast, but there’s potential here for some expansion of irrigation, while other regions of the country have clearly reached their limits....More
Early irrigation termination can hurt yield depending on when you cut the water off. Although kernels outwardly appear mature and corn water use begins declining at the dent stage, this is far too early to terminate irrigation....More