David Bennett

Associate Editor,
Delta Farm Press

David Bennett, associate editor for Delta Farm Press, is an Arkansan. He worked with a daily newspaper before joining Farm Press in 1994. Bennett writes about legislative and crop related issues in the Mid-South states.

Harry Stephens tries narrow windrow burning in east Arkansas
"Will (narrow windrow burning) help our pigweed situation? I sure hope so but we won’t know until later." -- Harry Stephens, producer.
Is narrow windrow burning the next big weed control system?
“I think narrow-windrow burning really has a nice fit in the Mid-South. That’s especially true where there are PPO-resistant pigweeds and the soil seed banks are out of control." -- Jason Norsworthy, University of Arkansas weed scientist.
What will rice industry look like in 2025?
Eric Wailes, distinguished professor and L.C. Carter chair in the agricultural economics and agribusiness, spoke at the Arkansas Rice Expo about what the rice industry could look like in 10 years.
Louisiana officials, lawmakers work to bring home federal flood relief
“With the increased uncertainty that the floods and harvest have brought, it’s hard to make plans for next year. That puts everyone in a very unstable position.” -- Louisiana Rep. Ralph Abraham.
Louisiana flood damage estimates make marked jump
“Add low commodity prices to these terrible weather events and the cumulative effect has put significant financial stress on many of our farming operations. It’s too early to give a percentage but it’s plain the financial wellbeing of many operations is a concern." -- Kurt Guidry, LSU AgCenter economist.
Severe northeast Arkansas flooding largely under the radar
"I’ve spoken with farmers from all over (northeast Arkansas) and the magnitude of this flooding on top of a poor ag economy is going to push some out of farming – some of them from families who’ve been farming for four or five generations.” -- Jerry Morgan, producer.
Arkansas grain sorghum hampered by sprouting issues
Anytime the crop is mature and stays wet for several days in warm temperatures, “there’s a real threat it’ll sprout. We’re still dealing with that now, several weeks later." -- Jason Kelley, Arkansas Extension grain specialist.
August floods, conditions hard on northeast Arkansas rice
“This has been kind of a near perfect storm for rice. However, things would have been worse if this had happened a week later when a larger percentage of the crop was mature. I’ll take that small victory right now.” -- Jarrod Hardke, Arkansas Extension rice specialist.
Louisiana flooding and a wet Mid-South: the stories so far
Louisiana flooding and late-season in-head sprouting issues -- in both Louisiana and Arkansas -- have turned excellent crops into question marks. Through LSU AgCenter and University of Arkansas specialists and state officials, Delta Farm Press has followed the latest events as they have unfolded.
Louisiana agriculture facing $110 million in flood-related losses
“The $110 million estimate is based on very early reports. As of yesterday (August 21), there were still some flooded areas in southwest Louisiana and, to some degree, south of Baton Rouge. So, a full assessment hasn’t been possible throughout all impacted areas." -- Kurt Guidry, LSU AgCenter agriculture economist.
Flooding, daily rains damage Louisiana crops
“The sun is out, right now. At least it isn’t raining. We’ll have to take that because there’s not a lot of other good news.” -- Dan Fromme, LSU AgCenter grain and cotton specialist.
Agriculture commissioner on Louisiana floods, expectations
“We hope the flooding will abate in about a week. That’s provided, of course, that any more rain is mild. We have rain predicted in many areas through next Monday (August 22)." -- Mike Strain, Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner
Rice mission: from the Mississippi Delta to Honduras
“It was a pleasure doing that. It was kind of coming full circle for me. I learned so much from traveling down to Latin America and the fruit of that education, all that work, ended back up in Latin America.” -- Mike Wagner, Sumner, Miss., producer.
Rains, flooding leave south Louisiana agriculture reeling
With harvest near, Louisiana farmers were looking to finish a difficult 2016 season in a positive manner. Then, August rains arrived and flooding soon followed.
Dicamba drift expected, no ‘blind-siding’
University of Arkansas weed scientists Jason Norsworthy and Tom Barber talk about dicamba drift in the Mid-South and recent proposals to deal with the problem.
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