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.

What’s known about target spot in soybeans?
“Interestingly, crop rotation didn’t seem to have anything to do with the presence of target spot, either. We looked at a field of soybean following corn in northeast Mississippi and they had just as much defoliation and target spot-infected plant material as fields of continuous soybean in the area.” -- Tom Allen, Mississippi State University plant pathologist.
Target spot suspected of plunging yields in some soybeans
"If you plant susceptible lines, you need to be scouting around R3. Make the fungicide decision early and realize you’ll probably get about three weeks of protection. You may need to put another fungicide out, especially where irrigation wells are being fired up frequently.” -- Consultant Jason McGee.
Warm, dry conditions to persist through 2017 in Mid-South?
"The signal that is available points to a slightly warmer and dryer winter than normal. That holds for the entire Delta..." -- Dennis Cavanaugh, National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist.
Mikey Taylor latest to harvest 100-bushel soybeans
“We planted Asgrow 47X6 on April 9 no-till into a cover crop. We had a plant population of 145,000 and ended up with 130,000 on 30-inch rows.” -- Mikey Taylor.
How FRAME accounts could help farmers deal with disasters
“These FRAME accounts are a small ask. It isn’t asking much to allow farmers to fund their own disaster relief. It’s a shame it’s come to this but it has. We’ll have to continue with this type of approach in the absence of a more coherent farm policy.” -- Arkansas Rep. Rick Crawford.
Congress provides $500 million in disaster relief funds
“Whether the agricultural sector will get some of that early money, I don’t know. I’m a little skeptical at this point. I’m afraid we’ll have to wait until we pass an omnibus bill or another CR after December 8 to get the funds agriculture needs.” -- Louisiana Rep. Ralph Abraham.
Arkansas Plant Board moves on dicamba-related regulations
“The committee took into account all the science we could get our hands on. And that’s the way the committee has always worked: make decisions based on the best information." -- Otis Howe, Arkansas State Plant Board chairman.
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.
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