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.

Mississippi River flooding
Rising Mississippi River could put riverside crops underwater
"Bump" in Mississippi River level could put crops underwater.
GMO labeling hot topic during House hearing
Annual cost of GMO labeling to a family would be $500?
Parched farms to get additional USDA assistance
“Our fire seasons now are about 60 to 80 days longer than they were three decades ago. The number of acres we’re burning has about doubled over the same time frame. We’re looking at bigger and more catastrophic fires.” -- Robert Bonnie, USDA undersecretary.
Arkansas soybeans a mixed bag as summer sets in
“We’re behind – sometimes way behind – in some fields. The Arkansas River Valley has flooded fields and caused problems for planting. The same is true in the southwest corner of the state around the Red River.” -- Jeremy Ross, Arkansas Extension soybean agronomist.
Lance Padgett dives into grain sorghum
First-time grain sorghum producer not afraid to ask for advice.
Delta grain sorghum acreage spikes
“Hopefully, over the next three to five years we’ll really see an increase in key traits and get some additional yield bumps.” -- Pioneer's William Johnson.
Jason Kelley, Arkansas Extension agronomist.
Grain sorghum and ‘enhanced’ inputs
“We added a lot more fertilizer -- $100 worth, -- to some of these plots and got a three-bushel response. That’s it." -- Jason Kelley, Arkansas grain sorghum agronomist.
Hearn brothers go big into grain sorghum
Going into this year, Brad and Jody Hearn were considering planting more grain sorghum. Then, the brothers kept watching the price inch up and, early this spring, decided it was time to act.
EPA finds oil companies recoup biofuel blending costs
"Why are they doing it? It makes no sense. They’re only helping the oil companies by doing this.” -- Bob Dineen, CEO, Renewable Fuels Association.
Frequent rains hamper Arkansas wheat crop
“A lot of rain after heading can lead to nothing good in wheat.” -- Jason Kelley, Arkansas Extension wheat agronomist.
EPA releases final Waters of the U.S. rule
Critics of the EPA Waters of the U.S. rule contend it would extend federal control, under the Clean Water Act, over navigable waters to include things like field-side ditches.
Wheat tour through Arkansas provides information, stirs memories

On May 1, under lovely skies and a refreshing breeze, Jim Quinton and other volunteers picked up yardsticks and began a tour through Arkansas wheat fields.

Quinton – currently residing in Mexico, Missouri -- and colleagues counted tillers and looked for disease in an effort to compile a simple “state of the crop” report.

Minimum-till fields hard on edge of Big Woods
Arkansas father-and-son farming operation goes big in minimum-till. Kirk and Heath Whitmore find farming "ugly" works.
WTO rules against U.S. Country of Origin Labeling requirements
“Country of Origin Labeling not only drives up compliance costs for our domestic producers, but the WTO’s ruling against the rule will now allow for billions of dollars in retaliatory tariffs against U.S. exports.” -- Arkansas Rep. Rick Crawford.
Wet, cool start results in issues for 2015 Arkansas rice
There have been a lot of early-season issues with the Arkansas rice crop. A lot of them have to do with general stand establishment problems. Seedling disease is part of that, but so is the recent wet weather and cool temperatures.
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