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.

Steve Stevens: Discovery Farm for the next generation
The beginning of Steve Stevens’ earnest adoption of farm technology was in 2008. Asked about ultimate motivations, Stevens points to family.
soybean seedling
SoyMAP program a great new tool for Mid-South producers
SoyMAP (short for Soybean Maturity, Analysis, and Planning) “can be used on your farms to determine the best-choice maturity group for your location when you plant on a specific date.” -- Larry Purcell, University of Arkansas professor.
How safe is your rice after draining? 2
“You have to ask: at what point in the rice crop is it safe to have glyphosate drift on it? We still don’t know. Is it ever safe?" -- Jim Groves.
Louisiana consultant conference draws large February crowd
Photos of attendees at the 2016 Louisiana Agricultural technology and Management Conference.
Enhancing management for high-yielding soybeans
Over the last few growing season, many Mid-South soybean producers have achieved outstanding yields. How best to continue the trend?
Farming, direct marketing, and keeping disagreements tamped down
Consumer interest in food and producer interest in new sales can find happy juncture in direct marketing: House Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture & Research
Adapting to changing urban landscape key to co-op’s success
“Lots of urban people are coming in. The walk-in traffic is very good and we only want that to grow. People have really gotten interested in their food. We sell gardening supplies, horse feed, goat feed, rabbit feed, the whole ball of wax. Sometimes it seems everyone is putting a little chicken coop in the backyard.” -- Scooter Hodges, manager of Associated Farmers Cooperative.
U.S. rice industry must focus on fair trade, increased quality
What’s driving the rice acreage increase in an environment where agriculture commodities are in a bear’s grip? “Someone said, ‘Rice is like the best house in a very depressed neighborhood.’” -- Carl Brothers, Riceland Foods CEO.
Vilsack, AFBF push Congress to pass TPP
“Delay is costly. It’s costing American farmers and ranchers. The reality is there are soft commodity prices and nothing will boost them like expanding markets and tearing down tariff barriers." -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
How are ag lenders approaching 2016?
In agriculture, lenders back producers in all sorts of economic climates. With the recent market downturns, what is the lender's perspective for 2016?
PPO-resistant pigweed moves into Mississippi 1
Mississippi's "Sunflower, Coahoma, Bolivar, Desoto and Tunica counties now have confirmed PPO-resistant pigweed.” -- Tom Barber, University of Arkansas weed specialist.
Frogeye leafspot, strobilurin fungicides and choosing varieties
“It is pretty safe to say if you have frogeye leafspot in Mississippi on a susceptible (soybean) variety, the fungus is resistant to strobilurin fungicides." -- Tom Allen, Mississippi State University plant pathologist.
Taproot decline: Mid-South soybean ‘mystery malady’ 1
The Mid-South’s soybean “mystery malady” now has a name — taproot decline. Unfortunately, there remain many questions about treatment.
Tri-State Soybean Meeting: asking questions and Pipe Planner
“We’re spending your money and we’d like to have your input. Ask questions and we’ll answer them.” -- Tim Clements, chairman of the Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board.
Grain rotations in the Mid-South: what’s best?
In the last 10 to 12 years as more corn has come into the Mid-South, what is happening to soybean yields? An ongoing, wide-ranging study is searching for answers.
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