Chris Bennett

Associate Editor,
Western Farm Press

A native of Helena, Ark., Bennett is a graduate of Missouri State University.

He has been an associate editor with Farm Press for five years.

Photos: Meet one of America's youngest farmers
Meet one of America's youngest farmers. Thomas Neblett, 22, farms 2,400 acres and is surrounded by a crew that parallels his age. Sunrise Planting Co., Clarksdale, Miss., is an extreme exception: “As far as being 22 years old, there’s a lot of guys that work on farms that are my age, but I’m the only guy I know of that’s 22 and running his own farm."
Photos: At Lively farms, wild hogs digging in for long-haul
Wild hogs, once only a nuisance on young producer Chris Lively’s Mississippi farmland, are no longer just roaming through — they’ve dug in for the long-term.
Photos: Hunting season on, beware the cottonmouth
The morning haul of opening day brought 10 fat squirrels — and one fatter cottonmouth.
Photos: Grain sorghum harvest rolls at Triple H Planting Co.
On the heels of a good rain, farm manager Bob Gordon took his Triple H crew into the fields Sept. 25, and began harvesting grain sorghum.
Photos: Grain bags lining up for Longino Planting Co.
When storage space runs short at corn harvest, roll out the grain bags.
Photos: Lonesome Dove begins cutting corn
Corn cutting is on at Lonesome Dove Farms, Tunica, Miss.
Photos: Shifting farmland with Robert Precht
Robert Precht, chief of Omega Plantation’s dirt operations in Clarksdale, Miss., hits the fields of Coahoma County each day, shaping and shifting some of the richest soil in America.
Land forming with a Delta maverick — Robert Precht
It takes a special breed to get in the tractor box and roll all day. Each day, Robert Precht, chief of Omega Plantation’s dirt operations in Clarksdale, Miss., shifts the ground that feeds the world, and there is no role he would rather play.
Photos: Vernon Jackson fires irrigation gun at cotton crop
Vernon Jackson loaded his irrigation gun and unleashed it on Delta cotton as July heat settled on the fields. Jackson, farm manager, Heaton Farms, Clarksdale, Miss., along with Chuck Tuminello and Ramiro Lobo, got water pipes lined up to feed two irrigation guns and began watering on July 9. Each gun showers 120 crop rows and contains 250 feet of hose.
Photos: Delta crops at midpoint of 2013 season
With late planting affecting all crops and the worst of the summer sun still to come, Delta farmers are hopeful of a good harvest. Corn, cotton, peanut, rice, and soybean fields continue to mature.
Photos: Young farmer Jon Wiersma burns wheat ahead of soybeans
Jon Wiersma kept a close eye on the flames as he burned wheat stubble just outside of Jonestown, Miss. Wiersma, farm manager for Mid-South Family Farms, will follow the wheat with soybeans.
Photos: High school cotton choppers hit Delta rows
Chopping weeds is a practice that dates to the dawn of agriculture — and is still effective. In an agricultural age of herbicide-resistant weeds, Delta cotton chopping crews walk the rows of thousands of acres on the hunt for pigweed and marestail.
Photos: Wheat farmers bringing in the sheaves
Delta farmers are cutting wheat under a heavy June sun. Some will follow the wheat with soybeans; others may leave the land fallow.
Photos: Cottonseed busting through Delta crust
Cottonseed is finally breaking through the crust of Delta farmland. Viewed up close, the upheaval of soil is a phenomenal testament to the raw power packed in each seed.
Photos: Lively Farms hits Mississippi fields for rice planting
Young Mississippi farmer Chris Lively, Lively Farms, Coahoma County, took advantage of clear skies May 14 and began planting Cocodrie rice. Chris, along with his father Gerald Lively, run a tight operation — 4,700 acres of corn, soybeans, rice, wheat, and pecans. The Livelys will plant 800-1,000 rice acres; 800 acres of corn; and the rest in soybeans (plus 500 acres of winter wheat and 110 acres of permanent pecans).
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