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.

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
Farm Payment Loophole Elimination Act onerous to producers
"The records must include the location where the management activity was performed. Can you imagine? ‘Sitting at breakfast table with wife. Made decision to irrigate Field Six.’ Plus, you have to record how much time it took to make the management decision." -- Bill Bridgforth, partner in Arkansas-based Ramsay, Bridgforth, Robinson, and Raley LLP.
How is the economy looking in Mid-South farm country?
"Business and life have three cycles: you’re either in a problem, coming out of a problem or going into a problem. We’re obviously in a problem now, coming off one of the best runs in crop agriculture.” -- Greg Cole, CEO, AgHeritage Farm Credit Services.
U.S. tractor company first approved in Cuba for 50 years
“We told (the Cubans) we’d not just design a tractor, but an open system manufacturing model. If you look at tractors and light equipment – backhoes, forklifts, trenchers, excavators – they can all be built with some very basic, common components." -- Horace Clemmons, Cleber, LLC.
Where do things stand with Xtend technology registration?
"Ultimately, we’re looking forward to the EPA finalizing their decision to give growers the opportunity to spray one of the dicamba formulations over-the-top of these crops.” -- Kim Magin, Monsanto director of industry affairs.
Cuba trade, the TPP, rice and legislature expectations
“Looking at how close Cuba is to the Mid-South, it makes a lot of sense for us to have a strong trade relationship with them." -- Wes Ward, Arkansas Agriculture Secretary.
What would the TPP mean for Southern rice producers?
"How can we encourage them, with whatever tools necessary, to follow the rules? That’s a high priority and we’re actively engaged in that, in concert, with our rice producers.” -- Darci Vetter, U.S. trade ambassador.
How best to move massive amounts of water?
"Just one of our pumps will do the work of six to eight of the pumps they put up. We just push the water straight through. It isn’t that other people don’t know that – but they don’t know the technology has caught up.” -- Rick Spargo of Water Hog.
Soybean pods
Still no permission to spray dicamba on M1691 soybeans
“The main takeaway: there is no dicamba product that can go over-the-top of this new crop technology at the moment. We hope everyone stays in compliance with that. We don’t want to have more regulations in the future that might be more restrictive.” -- Susie Nichols, Arkansas State Plant Board
Food companies agree to GMO labeling as opponents warn of consequences
GMO-labeled food is coming to a grocery shelf near you. Despite a massive effort by manufacturers and agriculture-related companies to derail it.
U.S. trade negotiator pushes TPP trade deal, explains benefits 1
Trade Ambassador Darci Vetter was in Arkansas in late March to explain the agriculture side of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.
rice plants
Early planting of rice: some considerations
The early warm weather “has presented some very interesting environmental setups for producers to make choices about putting rice in the ground." -- Jarrod Hardke, Arkansas Extension rice specialist.
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