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.

Flooding, daily rains damage Louisiana crops
“The sun is out, right now. At least it isn’t raining. We’ll have to take that because there’s not a lot of other good news.” -- Dan Fromme, LSU AgCenter grain and cotton specialist.
Agriculture commissioner on Louisiana floods, expectations
“We hope the flooding will abate in about a week. That’s provided, of course, that any more rain is mild. We have rain predicted in many areas through next Monday (August 22)." -- Mike Strain, Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner
Rice mission: from the Mississippi Delta to Honduras
“It was a pleasure doing that. It was kind of coming full circle for me. I learned so much from traveling down to Latin America and the fruit of that education, all that work, ended back up in Latin America.” -- Mike Wagner, Sumner, Miss., producer.
Rains, flooding leave south Louisiana agriculture reeling
With harvest near, Louisiana farmers were looking to finish a difficult 2016 season in a positive manner. Then, August rains arrived and flooding soon followed.
Dicamba drift expected, no ‘blind-siding’
University of Arkansas weed scientists Jason Norsworthy and Tom Barber talk about dicamba drift in the Mid-South and recent proposals to deal with the problem.
Dicamba drift: Arkansas proposes cut-off dates, increased fines
With numerous soybean fields hit by off-target dicamba drift, the Arkansas State Plant Board will consider options to curb the problem.
Monsanto explains actions as dicamba drift fallout continues
"Farmers tell us they’d prefer to try new varieties on their farm for small quantities in initial years to see which work on their farms the best. We chose to launch this year to allow growers to experience the industry-leading varieties of Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans." -- Dan Urnikis, Monsanto Industry Affairs Lead.
How best to tackle dicamba drift problems in Arkansas?
How to ensure growers use only the approved forms of dicamba? “If you can’t do that, the suggestion was made, just ban the technology from the state.” -- Bob Scott, Arkansas Extension weed specialist.
Double H Farms: family, friends and improving the operation
“It was really nice for Dad because he had no idea someone with his last name would come back home to farm,” says Steven. “He got to follow Kyle’s progress for four years before passing. Dad was very proud of that." -- Steven Harriman.
Hands-on ‘Soybean College’ set for Aug. 18 in Newport, Ark.
“Sign-up will be limited to the first 200. The main reason is there will be breakout groups and we want to keep them small. That’ll facilitate learning and interaction." -- Jeremy Ross, Arkansas Extension soybean specialist.
Dicamba drift incidents have ripple effect
The dicamba drift “is an absolute shame. There’s blame to pass around to many facets of agriculture." -- Bob Scott, Arkansas Extension weed specialist.
Improper dicamba use leaves Mid-South a multitude of drift cases
“This is a huge issue and is really unprecedented. The situation with drift in the Bootheel is unlike anything I’ve seen before." -- Kevin Bradley, University of Missouri weed specialist.
House passes GMO-labeling bill 306 to 117
To identify GMO ingredients, food manufacturers will be able to use labeling text, specially-designed symbols or a QR code that can be scanned with a Smartphone.
How will new FAA rules affect agricultural use of drones?
Drone operators are "also responsible for knowing the laws of the state, not just the federal laws. That may mean photographing other people’s land is prohibited, there may be restrictions on all kinds of things. Depending on the state, there may be two or three drone-related laws that have been passed." -- Rusty Rumley, senior staff attorney with the National Agricultural Law Center at the University of Arkansas.
Loyant rice herbicide showcases set for July 18, 19
On July 18, the first showcase will be held at the Northeast Research and Extension Center in Keiser, Ark. On July 19, the showcase will shift south to the Rice Research and Extension Center near Stuttgart, Ark.
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