Though they’ve gotten a deservedly bad reputation in recent years for doing serious crop damage, but not all stink bugs are crop pests. Some are beneficial and prey on other crop pests, especially in vegetable production.
When it comes to his farming operation Johnny Cochran, in many ways, is a one-man show — though he wouldn’t put it that way. He uses the term “We” when he speaks about his farm’s past and future, and he means family when he does. He is the 2015 Farm Press Peanut Profitability Award winner for the Lower Southeast region.
One of the pleasures of summer is eating fresh sweet corn, but harvesting it is very labor intensive. To get the vegetable grain out of the field in a timely way, many growers use the mule train. It’s something to see in action.
This yea'rs Early Summer Row Crops Tour drew a crowd of 100 farmers and others to the Tidewater Agricultural Research & Extension Center Research Farm in Suffolk, Va. June 4. The field day examined insects, diseases and agronomics in corn, cotton, peanuts and soybeans.
There are isolated reports of plant bugs damaging presquaring cotton in North Carolina. Though not typical, plant bugs will leave early season hosts during dry spells and hit young cotton, and this can result in the yield-damaging condition called “black flag” symptoms.