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.

Waters of U.S. rule blocked by federal judge
Late Thursday (Aug. 27), Judge Ralph Erickson agreed to a preliminary injunction sought by 13 states suing to block the WOTUS rule saying it is “exceptionally expansive.”
The season so far: Arkansas rice heading to the back stretch
"The rice in the field still looks very good. But without the milder temperatures late-season like we’ve had in the recent past, it’s doubtful we’ll hit records.” -- Jarrod Hardke, Arkansas rice agronomist.
For Congress: Ag appropriations, marketing certificates
Langley warned that because cotton producers don’t yet have certificates and marketing loan benefits apply towards the $125,000 limit, “the FSA will be required to do reconciliation on where every producer stands. ... They want to do this reconciliation before October when any ARC or PLC payments will be made for the 2014 crop.”
U.S. cotton, ‘actively engaged’ and trade issues
The FSA has said the "actively engaged" final rule is “essentially written and going through the clearance process at USDA. Their intention is to get the final rule issues by October. If they do that, it would most likely apply for the 2016 crop year." — Reece Langley, National Cotton Council.
LibertyLink soybeans in a PPO-resistant pigweed environment 2
"Look at variety test data, look at other states’ data, look at company data and try to select varieties – whether LibertyLink or Roundup Read or conventionals – that will perform in the environment you have." -- Jeremy Ross, Arkansas Extension soybean specialist.
Faces of the 2015 Arkansas Rice Expo
Held on August 7 in Stuttgart, the 2015 Arkansas Rice Expo welcomed a huge crowd. Here are some of the attendees.
Heads up! Tuesday field day to feature wide range of topics
“There is a lot of interest in new rice herbicides,” says Mitch Crow, St. Francis County Extension staff chair. “Many of our rice weeds are now resistant to some standard herbicides."
What might be the fallout from PPO-resistant pigweeds?
One of the potential problems in 2016, says Jason Bond, Mississippi State University Extension weed specialist, “is if PPO resistance is more widespread than we now suspect. There may be some guys in a Roundup Ready system that get blindsided.”
August 13 field day to highlight Enlist technology
“At the field day, we’ll showcase the tolerance of the soybean and cotton to the Enlist Duo herbicide. Enlist Duo will be the registered form of the 2,4-D choline plus glyphosate product that will be labeled for Enlist crops.” -- Jason Norsworthy, University of Arkansas weed scientist.
Jonathan Beavers, Arkansas farmer
Carl and Jonathan Beavers: Getting the right crop balance
“These thin prairie soils don’t hold much moisture and have low organic matter. That’s why we’ve gone to a corn-soybean rotation to get all the corn cobs and stalk into the beds. Essentially, we want a mulch. All the old roots become cavities that hold moisture.” -- Carl Beavers.
Section 179 extension part of Senate Finance Committee bill
Section 179 allows farmers to expense and depreciate property they have purchased or repaired for their operations.
How might Mid-South producers utilize ESN fertilizer?
“Data has shown that, in general, in our warm climate and with application in an April timeframe with soil temperatures above 70 degrees, the product will release its nitrogen over about 35 to 40 days." -- Bobby Golden, Mississippi Extension rice and soil fertility agronomist.
PPO-resistant pigweeds confirmed in Arkansas, Tennessee
"PPO products have been the bedrock of our weed control programs for years. To lose them, especially post, is a big blow." -- Larry Steckel, University of Tennessee weed specialist.
GMO food labeling bill passes out of House Agriculture Committee
"The keys to success in any marketing venture are voluntary participation, robust, transparent and meaningful standards, and comprehensive enforcement to ensure compliance,” -- Texas Rep. Mike Conaway, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.
Rising Mississippi River to impact farmland behind the levee?
In Memphis, the Corps of Engineers is expecting the rising Mississippi River to put some riverside farmland underwater. The river rise comes following a record wet May in the lower 48 states and recent rains from Tropical Storm Bill.
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