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: First day peanut planting at Omega Farms
Peanut planting began May 9 for Omega Farms, Clarksdale, Miss., and farm manager Brandon Walton. Beating out approaching rain, Walton planted 180 acres with an 09B Georgia variety. Omega Farms, an approximately 15,000 acre operation, will have 900 acres of peanuts in 2013.
Photos: Winter wheat moving toward harvest
With poor weather stunting all other crop progress, winter wheat is heading toward harvest. Poor drainage could result in a significant yield losses in some parts of the Mississippi Delta.
Photos: Corn under water in Mississippi
Several inches of rainfall had farmers across the Delta worried over planting dates and crops already in the ground.
Photos: Delta corn planting kicking in despite weather
Even with tough planting weather so far this spring, corn producers are in high gear, hopeful of a strong 2013.
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First-day corn planting always a challenge
Corn planting has begun on Heaton Farms, Clarksdale, Miss., which plans to have about 3,500 acres of the crop this year, up slightly from 2012.
The other side of cotton production 1
Cotton is more than a wonder fiber. After cotton is plucked from fields and packed in gins — cottonseed is only just beginning to be processed. Cottonseed value continues to climb, and at Delta Oil Mill, Jonestown, Miss., managed by Scott Middleton, Jr., cottonseed processing has been rolling since 1942.
Wheat burning comes early to Mississippi Delta
At Massey Planting Co., Rudyard, Miss., a tillered cover crop resulted in March wheat burning for Ellington and Turner Massey. The father-and-son team planted a wheat cover crop in late September 2012 in preparation for corn, but following an unusual warm spell and possibly too much nitrogen in the ground, the wheat tillered early with an explosion of shoot growth.
Farmers on edge of fields as spring nears - Photo gallery 1
With planting dates closing fast, farmers are preparing equipment for fieldwork. The winter of 2012-2013 has been mild, with temperatures rarely below freezing. Here are a series of Delta agriculture images from late fall through the mild winter.
Peanut future strong in Mississippi Delta — photo gallery 1
As peanut acreage continues to spread across the Delta, the Clint Williams Co.’s Clarksdale, Miss., facility processed 11,000 acres of peanuts in its first year of operation. Glen Moore, buying point manager, oversees a 26,000-ton storage warehouse at the Clarksdale site, in addition to 100 drying trailers. After drying, Moore ships the peanuts to Madill, Okla., where they are further processed for candy and peanut butter.
Photos: Faces of American agriculture 2012 1
America is blessed with the most productive farmers and agricultural workers in the world. As Thanksgiving approaches, the United States has been graced with another year of plenty: food, fuel and fiber — all produced through the effort of American farm workers. Agriculture is the backbone of America: From bread on our tables to the shirts on our backs, U.S. farmers are responsible for feeding and clothing a nation of 310 million people. Here are a few of the faces whose toil made it happen in 2012.
Photos: Cotton harvest wrapping up 2
As fall weather continues to turn cooler, gins are still running at full-bore, but most Delta farmers have already picked their cotton fields clean.
Wolf Lake Farms set for major cotton harvest
Scott and Graydon Flowers, Wolf Lake Farms, Mattson, Miss., believe their 2012 cotton crop may be their best ever. They have been farming together for eight years and attribute a fine cotton crop to variety selections, irrigation and favorable rains. “It’s been a good growing year all around with timely rains around the end of June and into July 4,” says Scott. “With new varieties pushing yield and irrigation absolutely essential, we hope to hit close to 3 bales per acre.” They grow 95 percent of their cotton on irrigated land.
Rodgers Planting Co. brings in peanut haul 1
Rodgers Planting Co., Clarksdale, Miss., had equipment running to bring in its first ever peanut crop. Rain kept combines sidelined for a few days, but farm manager Clint Walton had combines rolling at the first opportunity. Rodgers Planting Co. will ship the peanut harvest to Birdsong Peanuts, Aberdeen, Miss.
The simple beauty of cotton — photo gallery 2
A sea of white cotton strikes a chord that no other crop can match and the beauty of an open boll is timeless. Cotton is a wonder fiber grown on thousands of farms across the United States.
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