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..

Connecting the dots on ag technology – Part III 1
New software helps farm partners schedule tasks and monitor how much inputs are going out on each field during the growing season.
Grain sorghum bright spot in April WASDE Report
April Supply/Demand numbers reflect Chinese interest in grain sorghum.
Part II: Connecting the dots on ag technology
New software that tracks operations and what's being applied can help producers determine profitability on a field-by-field basis.
Connecting the dots on ag technology
Young farming partners using multiple software programs to build an edge for their Mississippi Delta farming operation.
New corporate name has roots in agriculture
Changing MANA to Adama brings challenges to company's multiple brands and pronunciation.
Medium grain can have a fit in Mid-South rice – if it has a home
Medium grain attracting more attention as California drought and water cutoffs continue to mount.
Rice subsidy program cost Thailand $27 billion
Thailand's rice paddy rice pledging scheme leads to financial losses, change in government after costs rose to more than $27 billion.
Chinese, Indian rice subsidies altering export landscape
USA Rice Federation places Chinese subsidies to its rice farmers at $12 billion to $37 billion, depending on how they are calculated. India has been spending around $12 billion to support rice farmers.
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.
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