The 45th Blackland Farm Managers Tour drew a big crowd of 450 people to Circle Grove Seeds and Haslin Farms in Belhaven, N.C. Aug. 5. The Blackland tour is considered the most comprehensive field days and this year the focus was primarily on achieving top yields.
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.