After an unusually warm start, winter has finally started to feel like…winter. The warm weather that stuck around South Carolina for so long caused some rapeseed fields to grow a little faster than normal and now we’re seeing some cold injury on rank growth.
It is a serious mistake in farming to choose high-yielding, susceptible crop varieties without carefully considering the benefits of resistant varieties to protect yield and reduce pathogen populations.
From cattle thieves caught on camera to the world’s fastest tractor and from pecan truffles to citrus schemes and from drunken friends to standing naked, 2015 -- like all years before it – had its share of odd stories and commentaries.
Most Southeast farmers don’t see soybeans as ‘poverty peas’ anymore. From the re-introduction of indeterminate varieties to the gamble on ultra-late planting and from timely irrigation to precise fertility, growers can get higher soybean yields with a few minor adjustments or go for over-the-fence yields with major adjustments. It’s up to the farmer.
From a record-smashing 532-bushel corn yield to PPO resistance and from drought to the miracles of cover crops, Southeast cornfields in 2015 had things happen in them that are best remembered as Southeast corn farmers prepare for their 2016 cropping year.
From a bird’s-eye view of a disaster to peanuts on fire and from Haitians in corn to a helicopter over cotton and from black-in-white irrigation to complex farming, here’s a look at the people, places and things that helped tell the stories of Southeast agriculture this year.