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.
Brad Thompson lands the helicopter on top of the upper deck of the modified trailer. Cotton plants whirled and dirt swirled. On the trailer, farmhand/ground crewman Dusty Smith casually refills the copter’s spray tank and chats with Thompson.