As insect pressure intensifies across the region, take a look at what they're dealing with in Florida’s Panhandle: a standing occupation of armyworms, and Georgia peanut farms infested with spider mites.
I’ve interviewed many farmers over the years who talk about having to grow to survive and they’re not exaggerating, especially the younger guys who are struggling to establish themselves. Whether by necessity or by choice, expansion seems to be the name of the game in commercial agriculture....More
The pesticide registration process – FIFRA – establishes acceptable pesticide residue levels for products approved in the U.S. Meanwhile, foreign governments are increasing oversight and testing of imported food for pesticide residues....More
Combined, the state winners of the 2014 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year program have 350 years of farming experience, with scores of farming generations before them to boot. From one of the largest growers in the state to a Vietnam veteran, from a meticulous weed warrior to even a ‘city’ boy, their backgrounds and farming operations vary across the board.
The current three-month seasonal forecast (Jul-Aug-Sep) from the NOAA Climate Prediction Center shows that in most of the Southeast there is an increased chance of above-average temperatures. There is a slightly elevated chance for drier-than-average conditions for southwestern Alabama and western Florida....More
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is looking to contact catfish producers across the Southeast to collect information for the 2014 July Catfish Production report. Producers should receive survey questionnaires in June and can respond via the Internet, mail or fax....More
The Protecting Water and Property Rights Act of 2014, introduced in the Senate, aims to stop the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing their March 2014 proposed rule, which farm groups say would unnecessarily expand federal authority under the Clean Water Act....More
Long-standing drought in the Southern Plains has reduced conditions to a modern-day Dust Bowl. But that’s not the only thing affecting cattle numbers. Many things will determine when and if a cattle expansion occurs....More
Strickland Farming Partnership is a eighth-generation diversified crop and livestock farm operation. The family, which includes Garrett, his son Reggie, and Reggie’s nephew Will, still farms much of the land their ancestors farmed as far back as 1861....More
UT Extension will present a five-hour workshop called "Taking a Look at Value-Added Dairy Opportunities,” designed to help dairy farmers learn about calculating milk production costs and assessing the costs and opportunities associated with on-farm milk processing....More
Face flies are hard to control pasture pests.They can cause transmission of Moraxella bovis, or bovine pinkeye or infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis. A good control program should keep face fly numbers below 10 per head....More
Three of the Brazilian stadiums to be used in the World Cup have been outfitted with TifGrand, a bermudagrass hybrid developed by the University of Georgia and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service....More
Weekly, if not daily during certain times of the year, successful farmers I speak to tell me their one tried-and-true trick for success: “I pretty much follow Extension recommendations and what my agent told me,” they say.
If you missed it earlier in May, the nation’s Extension system turned 100 years old. I wonder if it’ll get another 100 years. If it does, it’ll be because of its people....More