Forrest Laws

Director of Content,
Farm Press

Forrest Laws, director of content for the Penton Media Agriculture Group, spent 10 years with a metropolitan daily newspaper before joining Delta Farm Press in 1980. He has written extensively on farm production practices, crop marketing, farm legislation, environmental regulations and alternative energy. He now oversees the content creation for Delta, Southeast, Southwest and Western Farm Press and for BEEF, Corn and Soybean Digest, Farm Industry News, Hay & Forage Grower and National Hog Farmer. He resides in Memphis, Tenn..

Krone expecting more growth in U.S. hay and forage market
Krone continuing to invest in manufacturing and infrastructure to build its business in North America, CEO says.
Arkansas governor signs Grain Dealer Act to regulate brokers
Arkansas governor signs law aimed at regulating grain dealers who buy corn, rice, sorghum and soybeans in the state.
‘Best way to get a free Cuba is to trade with them’
Rice producers need members of Congress to step up and say enough is enough on the failed Cuban trade embargo if rice is to benefit from changing political scene.
What will it take to get Mid-South farmers to plant cotton in 2015?

The question in the headline has been asked in a lot of venues this winter and now the spring. But it may just be the wrong question. Perhaps we should be asking, instead, what will it take to make cotton profitable in 2015?

Gus Lorenz: Controlling plant bugs in cotton
“When you look at all the issues that can influence a pest population, one of the biggest is we have a shrinking amount of acreage of cotton so that target on a cotton field becomes bigger and bigger,” says Gus Lorenz, Extension entomologist with the University of Arkansas.
Monsanto expects 500,000 acres of new Xtend Flex varieties in 2015
Farmers will have five new Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton varieties in 2015, but new formulation of dicamba won't be available until 2016.
Soybean acres may not reach levels some are forecasting for 2015
Will farmers plant more soybean acres in 2015? Not necessarily, according to analyst with Rabobank speaking at the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show.
Selling equities should be focus of 2015 cotton marketing plan
Cotton producers should be trying to maximize the sales of equities in their cotton after they place it in the Commodity Credit Corp. loan, according to a speaker at the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show.
Marketing loan program still paying off for U.S. cotton producers
Cotton marketing loan still helping cotton producers get through tough times in marketing their crop, Mid-South Farm and Gin Show speaker says.
Plant cotton for the total returns, not cotton futures
Cotton producers should consider the whole picture when they finalize planting decisions for the 2015 season.
2015 Mid-South Farm and Gin Show Photo Album
Delta Farm Press editors were busy during the 2015 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show, recording the faces of hundreds of attendees. Check out this gallery and see how many you recognize.
Faces of the Roy J. Smith Barnyardgrass Workshop
With well over 200 in attendance, the Roy J. Smith Barnyardgrass Workshop was held at the Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart, Ark., on March 9.
New rice herbicides on the horizon, Arkansas researcher reports
University of Arkansas weed scientist says rice producers could be looking at new rice herbicides in 2017 and 2018. Jason Norsworthy says the key is to preserve the herbicides growers have now until then.
Government subsidies distort rice exports overseas?
Rice-producer subsidies having major impact on world rice exports, Riceland Foods executive tells farmers attending the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show..
‘Don’t let up’ on farm bill decision-making
Farmers are being encouraged to keep working toward a decision for base reallocation and yield updates now that the Feb. 27 deadline has been extended to March 31.
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