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.

Demands for water present Mid-South agriculture with major questions
In the process of being updated, the Arkansas Water Plan will attempt to balance the many interests competing for the resource.
Insect pest control in Mid-South corn
Tennessee entomologist Scott Stewart recently spoke on pest control in corn along with updated recommendations.
Cotton issues for 2014: Chinese supply, farm bill implementation, trade deals
NCC economic reports points to several areas for U.S. producers to focus.
Considering conventional soybeans? Here’s some advice.
Conventional soybeans still have a place in the South -- but here are some things to watch out for.
Saving money: Mid-South pest recommendations tweaked for 2014
Check out new recommendations on three-cornered alfalfa hoppers, bean leaf beetles, stink bugs.
Growing soybeans behind rice in heavy soils 1
Jeremy Jack says it isn't easy prepping a rice field for soybeans. But the rewards can justify the headaches.
Senate passes new farm bill
The Senate vote on Tuesday afternoon marked the legislative end to a long, winding journey to new farm bill. The bill passed 68 to 32.
Senate farm bill vote expected
Delving into the new farm bill being voted on by Senate on Tuesday.
New farm bill moves out of conference
A new farm bill could reach President Obama's desk by the end of January.
Resistant weeds continue devastating march through Mid-South farmland
Larry Steckel, University of Tennessee weed specialist, tackled many aspects of resistant weeds in the Mid-South at the recent Tri-State Soybean Forum.
A banner year: trio of 100-bushel producers take center stage
In 2014, three Arkansas producers were the first ever to harvest 100-bushel soybeans in the state. They answered questions about how their accomplishments at the recent Tri-State Soybean Forum.
Advice from weed resistance expert: Try diversity
Renowned weed scientist Steve Powles, having had to find solutions and work-arounds in resistant weed-infested crops in his native Australia, has tried to prepare American producers for their own burgeoning resistance problems.
Corn field
Six years of Arkansas research leads to updates for corn nitrogen recommendations
Of all the crops grown in the Mid-South, corn uses the largest amount of nitrogen — and that means “nitrogen represents a very important portion of the production cost associated with growing corn in Arkansas,” says Leo Espinoza, University of Arkansas Extension soil scientist.
Busting the soybean yield barrier: Arkansas growers break records with 100 bushel-plus crops in 2013
We’ve been waiting and working towards someone breaking the 100-bushel soybean yield barrier for seven years,” says Lanny Ashlock, veteran soybean researcher/agronomist, now with Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board outreach.
Brazilian trade retaliation threat prompts NCC response
Brazilian cotton interests push U.S. on trade deal, raise pressure.
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