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..

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.

RiceTec Field Day: Studies show hybrid rice offers sustainability benefits
Sustainability increasingly coming into play for farmers, agribusinesses as consumers continue to ask about the origins of their food.
Delta Plastics announces conservation goal of 20 percent by 2020
New software program use could help reduce irrigation water usage, pumping costs by at least 20 percent per year by the year 2020, irrigation polytube executive says.
Frog-eye leaf spot, SDS showing up in Tennessee soybean fields
Frogeye leaf spot, SDS are being reported in Tennessee soybeans following a summer of cooler, wetter conditions than often occur in the summer in the upper Mid-South.
Walker excited about opportunity to lead Horizon, 2014 rice crop 2
New Horizon Ag general manager sees good prospects for 2014 rice crop; quality improvements in the pipeline for Clearfield rice varieties.
Bowers use technology to stay ahead of the curve on rice, soybean, corn acreage
The decades have seen Bowers family farm transition from a few acres of cotton base to large-scale rice, corn and soybean operation.
Good drainage, new technology helping Bowers Farms continue to move ahead
Drainage District helps make it possible for northeast Arkansas farmers to keep their crops growing and stay in business.
2014 corn and soybean crops ‘better’ than 2013
Moderate temperatures and adequate rainfall have set Mid-South corn and soybean crops up for impressive yields; cool August could be icing on the cake.
Multiple resistance could be a nightmare for region's farmers
Illinois researchers are finding common waterhemp that can't be controlled by atrazine, Cobra or Raptor. University scientist considers the implications.
PAM could help water with infiltration and crops with yield. 1
Injection of polyacrylamideor PAM could help more irrigation water penetrate 'sealing' Delta soils, reduce irrigation hot spots.
‘Settling the waters’ may be one of tools for addressing water conservation, runoff issues in Delta
Delta farmers see demonstration of polyacrylamide or PAM in Delta field conditions; material shows promise for conserving water and reducing nutrient runoff into streams and lakes.
Mid-South corn, soybean crops look to be ‘very strong’
Mid-South soybean farmers could be on target for repeating some of last year's 100-bushel-plus soybean yields. Corn yields also looking strong where nitrogen was replenished after rains.
New planters offer higher performance at higher speeds
New seed delivery units will allow for faster planting speeds, smaller planters, equipment specialist tells Milan Field Day participants..
New tool for fighting herbicide-resistant weeds
New seed destruction tools for reducing glyphosate-resistant weed seed bank will be topic at the Northeast Research and Extension Center at Keiser, Ark., Aug. 18.
Rain and Palmer amaranth making for interesting summer at NEREC
Sunny weather, warmer temperatures help provide researchers, Extension specialists with better backdrop for the Respect the Rotation Pigposium - 2014 version.
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