Because of the wet fall, many producers have faced extremely difficult field curing conditions for their hay. Hay that was bone dry in the field has, in many cases, developed mold problems in the barn....More
Zippy Duvall’s been on the road. By late October, he’d been to more than a dozen states and planned to hit more than 30 states by year’s end, all on his trek to be the next American Farm Bureau Federation president....More
On Oct. 7, soon after historic rain hit the region, Lindsay McClam took pictures during an airplane flyover of the terrible flooding in and around Kingstree, South Carolina, where she and her husband, Brian, farm.
South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers says conservative estimates put South Carolina crop losses at more than $300 million after historic rains devastated the state earlier this month....More
With good equipment, hay season might be an enjoyable time. For me and my sister, hay season involves a rocky relationship with the weather and old equipment--one requiring patience, persistence, and expensive repair therapy -- more for my sister than for me. I’m just the rake woman.
All I have to do is go in circles and make sure one or both of the rake wheel assemblies don’t fly off. It happened earlier in the summer, but luckily we scavenged enough parts to replace it....More
Cattle producers have benefitted from high calf and feeder prices in the not-too-distant past. More recently, however, cattle markets appear to be weakening, and farmers are wondering just how low the prices could go....More
Peanut farmers are gearing up combines across the Southeast, and hay balers will be crawling behind many of them. Peanut hay can be good feed for livestock and provide additional cash flow for peanut growers. But taking the hay or leaving it in the field can be a tough call.
The 2015 Southeastern Hay Contest has expanded its prize offerings greatly. Part of the Sunbelt Ag Expo, the contest will offer hay and baleage producers in the Southeast cash prizes and, in some cases, free use of Massey Ferguson hay equipment....More
The nation’s top agriculture official was in west Alabama Aug. 12 to announce grants to rural communities and to talk to farmers about issues ranging from overbearing environmental regulations to foreign trade....More