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.

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.
Senate passes GMO labeling law
"The Senate bill, by providing alternative methods for companies, doesn’t accomplish all the goals the labeling proponents would like. Proponents want the GM information to be right in front of consumers.” -- Ross Pifer, Clinical Professor of Law at Penn State Law.
USDA catfish inspections to be scuttled?
While House Republican leadership has yet to announce if it will allow a vote on the matter, plenty of lawmakers want to take out the fledgling USDA catfish inspection program.
David Sites: ‘Retro’ cotton farming with new technology
“Somehow we have to make cotton more enticing to growers. It’s true cotton is a harder crop to grow and carries a lot more risk than, say, soybeans. But in my mind, cotton is more rewarding." -- David Sites.
Will markets frown on surprisingly robust U.S. corn acreage?
“Corn planted area for all purposes in 2016 is estimated at 94.1 million acres, up 7 percent from (2015). This represents the third highest planted acreage in the United States since 1944." -- NASS June acreage report.
Fighting pigweeds with the proper products: a short primer
Pigweed has added PPO herbicide products to the list of chemistries it no longer fears. Farmers must understand how best to attack the weed.
Delayed Mid-South wheat harvest cranks up
Moving into harvest, the Mid-South wheat crop is shy of historic acreage and high on yield variability.
Resistant pigweeds continue to bedevil producers
Perry Galloway sees soybean yield contest field overrun with PPO-resistant pigweeds. Arkansas yield leader cautions fellow growers.
Agriculture gets into the ‘sharing’ act with MachineryLink
Hosting a website for those looking to share equipment, MachineryLink is bringing farmers from across the country together.
ASU biodiesel lab helps power, feed university farm
“It seems these smaller (biodiesel) facilities could be set up in rural locations where the feedstocks are being grown. That means transportation costs would be lower and needed jobs could be generated. It can be done." -- Kevin Humphrey, ASU professor.
Single-row tractor company aiming to serve small farmers globally
“It’s all about ensuring what most farmers want: independence. Using this model means they are free to do business with whomever they choose.” -- Horace Clemmons, Cleber LLC.
Mid-South to adopt harvest weed seed control?
Will Mid-South farmers adopt widely used Australian techniques to keep resistant weed seed out of fields? A leading resistant weed specialist predicts they will.
Why are long-grain rice farmers worried about TPP deal?
Many in the rice sector have expressed concern about a potential downturn in U.S. imports into the Mexican market under the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership.
10 keys to containing the cost of your cotton crop
"No matter what someone promises you a product will do, no matter how much pressure you’re under to buy something without a proven track record, don’t agree immediately." -- Dan Fromme, LSU AgCenter cotton specialist
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