Farmers facing a higher-income 2014 in need of tax-saving strategies should consult their tax advisor on the use of the donated crop strategy because of the significant tax savings that can result....More
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley last week charged the Alabama Drone Task Force to review the requirements to further Alabama’s use of drones in areas of agriculture, conservation and law enforcement....More
Breakeven yields at current prices look achievable for soybeans and double crop soybeans. Some producers may be able to make the breakeven yield needed for corn and cotton but on the average they will be difficult to achieve....More
The enrollment period for growers who had cotton base in 2013 to apply for the cotton transition payments began Aug. 11 and ends Oct. 7, according to Michele Mara, North Carolina Extension agricultural and resource economics specialist....More
These first produced-based cotton numbers for 2014 cotton show abandonment of only 10 percent and a yield of 820 lbs/acre. The crop is forecast at 17.5 million bales—1 million bales higher than the July estimate....More
Mark your calendars for the 2014 University of Georgia Cotton & Peanut Research Field Day Sept 10 in Tifton, Ga. The field day will begin at the UGA Gibbs Farm at 8:30 a.m., and will end with lunch at the Tifton Campus Conference Center....More
Recently we have received reports of immature tarnished plant bugs in some fields; this is rarely observed in Georgia cotton. Unlike cotton production areas in the Mid-South, tarnished plant bug is an uncommon and sporadic pest of Georgia cotton. Tarnished plant bug populations have been higher than normal and more insecticide applications have targeted tarnished plant bugs than usual during 2014.
At the Southern Peanut Growers Conference in Panama City, Florida, the National Center for Peanut Competitiveness officially launched the "Preliminary Base Acreage and Payment Yields Decision Calculator."...More
Ten Southwestern cotton producers will see cotton and other agricultural operations in North Carolina and Virginia on August 3-7 as part of the National Cotton Council’s (NCC) 2014 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) program....More
Plant bugs are proving to be more of a challenge in North Carolina this year with infestations being found and treated farther into the Coastal Plains than usual, but North Carolina State University Extension Entomologist Dominic Reisig stresses that the situation can be easily managed with proper scouting....More
Most farmers are aware of the concept of “air seeding;” i.e, distributing wheat or rice or bermudagrass seed with an airplane or a spreader truck or even by hand. What some may not think about is another method of air seeding, spreading seed, especially of glyphosate or other herbicide-resistant weeds like Palmer amaranth, out the back of their combine during harvest operations....More
This month, the ‘Focus on Cotton’ webcast resource, developed by Cotton Incorporated and the Plant Management Network, offers useful information on cotton protection and irrigation management for the Southeast....More
Precision agriculture tools such as Real Time Kinematic (RTK) satellite navigation will go a long way in helping farmers remain competitive, improve efficiency and increase yields as they work to feed a growing world population....More
The road to the development of the latest generation of herbicide-tolerant crop traits has taken several twists and turns. The latest is a decision by Monsanto to launch Bollgard II, Roundup Ready XTend Flex cotton in 2015 – if USDA and EPA approve – and dicamba-tolerant soybeans in 2016. Monsanto’s Kimberly Moggins explains those development in this interview following the 2014 Roundup Ready Learning Experience event in Marion, Ark....More
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.