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.

Despite rain, cotton show goes on for Big Creek Gin - photos 3
Cotton season never comes without a hitch and 2012 is no different for Big Creek Gin, Lyon, Miss., where 24 hours of steady rain slowed down movement in the gin yard. Manager George Gammill says Big Creek Gin will process about 16,000 bales for 2012 and he hopes to be finished close to the first week of November.
Peanut harvest arrives for Delta farmers — field photos
Peanuts are a very promising crop for Delta growers and peanut acreage continues to increase. Mark and John Agostinelli, Agostinelli Farms, Clarksdale, Miss., and Steve Ferri, Ferri & Ferri Farms, Clarksdale, Miss., began flipping peanuts and preparing to run combines in late September.
Cotton bales rolling out of Bobo-Moseley Gin — photos
Ginning season has gone into high gear at Bobo-Moseley Gin Co., Lyon, Miss. Managed by Rodney Conley, Alamo, Tenn., Bobo-Moseley sends out 1,100-1,200 bales each day; with a likely total of 40,000 bales in 2012. Conley, in the cotton business since the age of 16, carries 30 years of ginning experience.
Cotton harvest under way at Agostinelli Farms — photo gallery
Cotton pickers are rolling across the Mississippi Delta as harvest season kicks in. With 1,650 acres in cotton, brothers Mark and John Agostinelli, Agostinelli Farms, took advantage of clear skies to begin harvest in Clarksdale, Miss.
Southern crops looking strong at harvest — photo gallery
Despite a summer of intense heat and drought, Southern crop fields look strong as farmers enter harvest season.
Corn harvest advances — Massey Planting Co. photos
Combines were rolling across Turner Massey's fields as the 2012 corn harvest advanced in Mississippi. Massey says the 2012 harvest could result in the best corn yields he's ever had.
Delta crops endure as heat wears on — photo gallery 1
U.S. agriculture has been hit with tremendous heat in 2012 — with more to come. Cotton, corn, soybean, rice and peanut fields show the tenacity of Delta farmers as they battle with high temperatures and summer sun.
Delta crop fields full as summer arrives — photo gallery 2
Summer’s heat is merciless in the level land of the Delta. With the heart of summer still to come, Mississippi producers are hopeful of a fine harvest: Cotton, beans, corn, rice and peanuts. Photos taken in Coahoma and Quitman counties.
Delta dirt the lifeblood of Southern agriculture — gallery
It’s a timeless Delta scene as fields fill with crops and the growing season sets in. Cotton, beans, corn, wheat, rice and peanuts have made their acreage claims as farmers tend fields and start the long road to harvest. Technology and technique will always change; but Delta dirt remains the same — the lifeblood of the region’s agricultural heritage.
Maggie the snake killer updated photos
Maggie hates snakes — all snakes.
Cotton odyssey brings Australian farmers to Mississippi Delta 1
Ian and Jimmy Hayllor traveled a total of 18,000 miles to buy a John Deere cotton picker in Tunica, Miss., and transport it back home to Australia. Whether battling floods, government regulations, or crop-eating kangaroos — they share the same self-reliant attitude of American farmers. They doesn’t trust mineral companies, have no patience with the environmental ‘greens’, and believe the government is a broken machine. Over the last 20 years, their cotton bales-per-acre average has been in the 3.5-3.75 range.
Cotton harvest 2011 (photo gallery)
Farm Press editor Chris Bennett captured these beautiful shots of open cotton bolls and fields ready for the 2011 harvest near his home in Coahoma County, Miss.
Opportunities for U.S. rice exports
Regarding international politics and economics, rice remains king — the food staple of the world. Rice production
Delta water abundant no more 1
The Mississippi River never runs less than 100,000 cubic feet per second as it braces the western side of the
Rice ramps up for record production
Questions linger, but rice remains the food staple of the world, with production expanding in reaction to high prices
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