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..

Interview with Brig. Gen. Peter DeLuca (Continued)
Implementing Water Resources Reform and Development Act could help inland waterways system deal with extremes of flood and drought, commander says.
What price infrastructure improvements for Inland Waterways?
Lack of investments in transportation infrastructure could slow U.S. economic expansion, retiring Mississippi Valley Division commander says.
Arkansas soybeans headed for another good year
Arkansas soybeans nearing the end of very long, very productive growing season, Jeremy Ross, University of Arkansas specialist says.
2014 cotton crop about to come to an abrupt end in Arkansas?
"Green" cotton fields may be misleading as growers prepare to put the finishing touches on the 2014 cotton crop.
Climate Basic, Climate Pro could help farmers get a step up on the weather, crops
Climate Basic, Climate Pro offerings could help farmers get a better handle on managing field operations, making harvest decisions for far-flung crops.
USDA grants extension for CCC loan repayments in Arkansas grain case
Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Butch Calhoun says USDA’s announcement it will grant an extension of time for Arkansas farmers affected by the Turner Grain situation to repay CCC loans will be helpful to those producers.
Bayer CropScience opens new highly-automated greenhouse for cotton, soybeans
New greenhouse facility could help Bayer CropScience researchers in their quest for more and better cotton traits, scientist says.
Growers must sign up for Cotton Transition Assistance Payment by Oct. 7 1
Growers with cotton base acres urged to make appointment at county Farm Service Agency office and apply for Cotton Transition Assistance Program payments before cotton harvest begins in earnest.
Cotton may require two passes with sprayer to take the leaves off in 2014
Don't chase "phantom bolls" as you begin to prepare the late 2014 Mid-South cotton crop for harvest, Extension specialist recommends.
Turn-row irrigation termination sessions focus on when to turn off water on soybeans
Farmers are being advised to make sure soybeans have enough moisture to get to growth stage R-6.5 before they turn the spigot off on irrigation systems.
Congressmen ask loan repayment extension for Turner customers
Government officials seeking help from USDA to give farmers more time to repay Commodity Credit Corp. loans as losses in Turner Grain case reportedly continue to mount.
Big grain crops may mean farmers need to replenish nutrients levels in Mid-South corn, beans
Big crops may mean growers are removing plant nutrients at a faster rate than they're replacing them. Mississippi State University professor cautions adjustments may be needed.
Is field drying most economical approach for corn?
Growers should check behind the combine to see how much grain is winding up on the ground instead of the grain bin if they're waiting for the corn to dry to 15 percent in the field.
Engenia to offer ‘most advanced’ formulation of dicamba available
BASF teams working with growers to make sure "whatever they apply goes where it needs to go and nowhere else," techical market manager says.
Cool, wet conditions create good environment for crops, diseases 1

This has been one of the coolest summers in recent memory for many residents of the South and Southeast. Instead of breaking into a sweat the moment you walk outside, farmers and others who work outdoors have been able to stay reasonably calm, cool and collected.

Unfortunately, the same can also be used to describe foliar diseases that can infect corn, cotton, rice and soybeans. Some have flourished while others – which tend to do better in hotter, dryer weather – have languished.

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