David Bennett

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.

Articles
Frequent rains hamper Arkansas wheat crop
“A lot of rain after heading can lead to nothing good in wheat.” -- Jason Kelley, Arkansas Extension wheat agronomist.
EPA releases final Waters of the U.S. rule
Critics of the EPA Waters of the U.S. rule contend it would extend federal control, under the Clean Water Act, over navigable waters to include things like field-side ditches.
Wheat tour through Arkansas provides information, stirs memories

On May 1, under lovely skies and a refreshing breeze, Jim Quinton and other volunteers picked up yardsticks and began a tour through Arkansas wheat fields.

Quinton – currently residing in Mexico, Missouri -- and colleagues counted tillers and looked for disease in an effort to compile a simple “state of the crop” report.

Minimum-till fields hard on edge of Big Woods
Arkansas father-and-son farming operation goes big in minimum-till. Kirk and Heath Whitmore find farming "ugly" works.
WTO rules against U.S. Country of Origin Labeling requirements
“Country of Origin Labeling not only drives up compliance costs for our domestic producers, but the WTO’s ruling against the rule will now allow for billions of dollars in retaliatory tariffs against U.S. exports.” -- Arkansas Rep. Rick Crawford.
Wet, cool start results in issues for 2015 Arkansas rice
There have been a lot of early-season issues with the Arkansas rice crop. A lot of them have to do with general stand establishment problems. Seedling disease is part of that, but so is the recent wet weather and cool temperatures.
Hearing on pollinators highlights USDA/EPA rift
Terse letter from USDA to EPA takes center stage during House pollinator health hearing.
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Estate planning for farmers: a basic primer
Farm families have the same issues as families from other professions. “As estate planners, we mustn’t get stuck into one thing and think that’s all these families care about,” said Stan Miller of Little Rock-based McChain, Miller & Nissman.
Malcolm Broome: Evangelist for the peanut
Malcolm Broome is an evangelist for the peanut – understandable since he’s the executive director of the Mississippi Peanut Growers Association.
Payment limitations and estate planning for farmers: avoiding pitfalls
“Payment limitations run into conflicts with estate planners all the time. What we spend a couple of months putting together, estate planners can destroy overnight.” -- Robert Serio.
Crop irrigation well
Mississippi versus Memphis in major water dispute
“Back in 2005, Mississippi filed its first complaint against the city and the water utility. Mississippi argues that the water within the borders of the state is a sovereign resource that Tennessee has no right to.” -- Stephanie Showalter Otts, director of the National Sea Grant Law Center.
Is water quality trading coming to the Mid-South?
New market possible for Mid-South producers?
Troubles with barnyardgrass not abating
“We now have three counties with barnyardgrass resistance to four modes of action. We have seven classes of chemistry to control barnyardgrass in rice." -- Bob Scott, Arkansas weed specialist.
Load Judge Kit
Real-time technology reduces grain loading uncertainty
South Dakota farmer Shawn Gengerke developed the Load Judge, real-time technology that reduces the uncertainty in grain loading.
Mid-South conservation projects receive NRCS funding
The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced the first set of projects it will be funding to improve water quality in critical watersheds. The $100 million that will be spent over the life of the 2014 farm bill will also “strengthen agricultural operations” according to the department.
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