The Obama administration appears confident the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is headed for passage in Congress. That doesn’t mean, however, it won’t come without a fight as Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack admitted in a Feb. 23 press conference....More
U.S. agriculture is fascinatingly diverse and complex, but it’s understandably difficult for people outside of agriculture, looking in on ag from time to time, to grasp or appreciate its rich variety or to care to get to the true solutions to both real and perceived problems....More
When talking about drift reduction of herbicides, it is important to know that spray droplets that are less than 150 microns are those most likely to drift onto your neighbor’s sensitive crops or Grandma’s tomatoes....More
DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company Feb. 19 announced the U.S. sites and structure for the agriculture company that will be created following the separation of DowDuPont into three independent, publicly traded companies....More
Uncertainty was the only certainty on the minds of many growers at the 2016 Alabama-Florida Peanut Trade Show Feb. 11 in Dothan, Ala., but the weather that day was finally nice enough to get some fieldwork done....More
This past week in Southeast agriculture we found out Teel Warbington is CEO of family business and High Cotton winner; what you need to know about disasters before crop insurance sign up; North Carolina’s herbicide problems getting worse; and Florida’s citrus industry is now a quarter of what it used to be -- plus much more....More
This week in Southeast agriculture we found out southeast cotton acreage might drop more. Cottonseed debate hit a stalemate. Tobacco gets started. Florida farm moved away devastated citrus to olives. The genomic quest for perfect peanut continues. Field data is tough to handle and use, but vital. And, by the way, is your land lease unfair?...More
More than 150 agricultural leaders from across 13 Southern states and Washington, D.C., converged on the University of Georgia’s campus in Athens on Feb. 8 to discuss leadership roles for women in agriculture....More
Crop insurance pays most often on drought in the Southeast. But South Carolina’s epic flood at harvest in 2015 resulted in catastrophic losses. Crop insurance is not designed to make you whole and some lessons were learned in South Carolina....More
Prior to making applications of dicamba to dicamba-tolerant cotton or soybean or 2,4-D to 2,4-D-tolerant cotton or soybeans in Georgia, growers will be required to attend the training “Using Pesticides Wisely.”...More
This year's Southern Farm Show drew 30,000 people to the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh Feb. 3-5. Once again, the show presented an opportunity for farmers from throughout the Carolinas and Virginia to see the newest in farm equipment, network with peers and gain valuable information they can take back to their farms.
Georgia's 2016 cotton acres could be higher and peanuts acres could be lower. But that depends. All other crop acreage might stay stable. And prices don’t promise to be anything you’d want to take home to meet mom and dad....More
Monsanto announced its commercial launch plans for Roundup Ready2 Xtend soybeans after China gave approval for imports of the dicamba herbicide-tolerant oilseeds. The company said the technology will now be available in the U. S. and Canada for the 2016 season....More
Cotton industry is not giving up on cottonseed designation. USDA reinstated marketing certificates to redeem commodities from marketing loan program. You can go broke just breaking even these days. There’s a massive fire in Kentucky, a disaster waiting in North Carolina wheat, and other top stories from this week in Southeast farming news.
The success of the craft beer industry and interest in using locally grown ingredients has encouraged an adventuresome group of farmers in the South Atlantic region to try their hands at growing hops, but the climate here is challenging. An upcoming conference will bring experts from across the country to advise the young industry....More