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.

Grain marketing oversight, addressing water use and policy tweaks
"We’re happy that many of the priorities being pushed by the agricultural sector were included in both the appropriations side and the tax side of what (Congress passed) just before Christmas." -- Andrew Grobmyer, Agricultural Council of Arkansas.
Bear’s shadow looming over grain markets
“The feedback we get from farmers is a lot of worry. They’re in a hunker down mode." -- David Glidewell, ADM Mid-South Regional Manager.
Late year anxiety builds as flooding follows major rains
“Right now, we’re not expecting any protected areas to be flooded. The (flood control) system will work as it’s designed. The low-lying unprotected areas, of course, will see a lot of water." -- Jim Pogue, with the Memphis District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Weather in 2015: a tale of three parts
“Based on the last six El Niños in Arkansas, they tend to be dry. Don’t be surprised if we end up with above-normal precipitation at the end of winter and then dry out.” -- John Lewis, National Weather Service.
WTO moves to banish export subsidies
"None of us are naïve enough to believe that just because these countries tell the WTO they’ll stop (export subsidies), they won’t find creative ways to keep on. But it’s better to have the agreement than not to.” -- Roger Johnson, NFU president.
Buddy Allen: conservation brings acclaim in Tunica, Miss.
On farmland outside Tunica, Miss., Buddy Allen has been taking conservation seriously and Washington, D.C., has been paying attention.
USDA December production report says cotton down 2 percent
“All cotton production is forecast at 13.0 million 480-pound bales, down 2 percent from last month and down 20 percent from last year.” -- December crop production report.
WTO okays $1 billion in retaliatory tariffs against U.S.
“We have known for some time that the Country of Origin Labeling law violates our international trade obligations.” -- Texas Rep. Mike Conaway
FDA approves first GE food animal for U.S. consumers
“We’re very happy to have received approval. This is the first GM food animal approved anywhere in the world. We’re hoping this means there will be other approvals both in the United States and other countries.” -- Ron Stotish, AquaBounty CEO.
EPA reverses course, no Enlist Duo technology for 2016
“This isn’t a minor deal. With PPO resistance, we have a single post-emergence option available to kill resistant pigweeds. Enlist Duo was going to be our second." -- Jason Norsworthy, University of Arkansas.
Pigweed in a field
Weed resistance project set to tackle barriers to proper management
"There are some stark differences in how folks approach weed resistance from, say, the Mid-South to the Midwest." -- Jason Norsworthy, Arkansas weed specialist.
Standout Arkansas rice line poised to be released?
“In 2013, 1084 yielded 203 bushels per acre on average. Roy J, at the same time, yielded 189 bushels with RiceTec XL753 yielded 223 bushels. So, 1084 yields are falling between the hybrids and the highest yielding pure line varieties we have." -- Karen Moldenhauer, University of Arkansas rice breeder.
The importance of rice breeding in the Mid-South
“From when the initial cross is made to passing all the hurdles through advanced testing and release it takes about eight years. That’s actually pretty fast for a variety to standout early and then move on through." -- Jarrod Hardke, Arkansas Extension rice agronomist.
Farmer Mac provides free quarterly report to farmers
“Looking at farm incomes, financial strength and more broad-based measures, it’s tough." -- Jackson Takach, Farmer Mac economist.
Rabbit Ridge Gin plots a course ahead
“Obviously, price is critical to cotton remaining viable. You’ve got to have a good price for lint. You’ve also got to have a good price for cottonseed." -- Tri Watkins.
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