Florida is the No. 1 producer of at least eight major U.S. crops. And despite devastating diseases and other setbacks, Florida’s vibrant agriculture sector continues to create about 14 percent of the state’s jobs and contribute $148.5 billion to the state’s economy.
The Southeast is blessed with weeds no matter the season. And over the next four to six weeks, growers will be doing their best to burndown wintry weeds and cover crops before planting their no-till or strip-till cotton.
This year's Southern Farm Show drew 30,000 people to the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh Feb. 3-5. Once again, the show presented an opportunity for farmers from throughout the Carolinas and Virginia to see the newest in farm equipment, network with peers and gain valuable information they can take back to their farms.
Cotton industry is not giving up on cottonseed designation. USDA reinstated marketing certificates to redeem commodities from marketing loan program. You can go broke just breaking even these days. There’s a massive fire in Kentucky, a disaster waiting in North Carolina wheat, and other top stories from this week in Southeast farming news.
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.