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
“It was raining, and he had the irrigation running in the field. Why?” That’s what an urban-leaning friend of mine asked me recently, referring to what he felt was an appalling misuse of water resources by a farmer somewhere locally....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
The International Quarter Scale Tractor Student Design Competition took place recently in Peoria, Ill. The four-day event is where agricultural engineer students from across the country show off their skills, designing and building small-scale tractors with real-world power and providing student with real-world experience. The students hook the small tractors up for a pull contest, too.
The International Quarter Scale Tractor Student Design Competition provides ag engineering students with real-world experience. The program starts the previous year with release of tractor design rules and culminates with a four-day event in Peoria, Ill., where Kentucky students pulled out top honors with their tractor this year....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
Pigweed is breaking through Tennessee cotton and soybean fields. Pre-applied herbicides, depending on field and weather conditions, likely allowing pigweed to bust through and now is the time to make some decisions....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
Peanut fields planted the week of May 5 that were hit by the heavy rains on May 14-15 in Georgia are likely to have some level of injury from Valor herbicide, but nothing too great to be overly concerned about....More
USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will spend the first two weeks of June surveying thousands of farmers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina to get a clear indication of the production and supply of major commodities for 2014....More
Farmers in South Georgia, the Florida Panhandle and dang near all of Alabama have danced through the raindrops in 2014 to get spring planting done, or much too often they had to sit like wallflowers....More
The USDA released May 5 the updated data from the 2012 Census of Agriculture. From surprising number of newer farmers to the percentage of farms now hooked to the Web, here are a few highlights from the census....More