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..

Growers must sign up for Cotton Transition Assistance Payment by Oct. 7
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.

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.
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