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..

2013 High Cotton winners overcome adversity to keep crop viable
Cotton has had its ups and down in the last few years. But that hasn’t stopped the winners of this year’s Cotton Foundation/Farm Press High Cotton awards from trying to produce the best and most environmentally-friendly crops they can.
Fiscal cliff agreement could include farm bill language 1
The longer President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner argue over how to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” tax and spending crisis, the less likely farmers are to get a new farm bill in time for the 2013 crops.
Arkansas rice producers expected to cut acres – unless…
Arkansas farmers could decrease rice plantings by 162,000 acres, depending on how rice prices and prices for other crops fall into place by spring.
New irrigation publication - ‘most crop for the drop’
Ed Barnes bristles when someone criticizes cotton farmers for using too much water. The director of agricultural and environmental research for Cotton Incorporated used to respond, defensively, that only 36 percent of the cotton grown in the United States is irrigated.
Precision irrigation technology allows farmers to boost corn/bean yields while using less water 2
Most farmers don’t need a yield monitor to tell them their soils are anything but uniform. They know one area of a field may respond differently than another even if they receive the exact same inputs, including water.
Increase in corn acres adding a new dimension to weed control for Southeast farmers
Corn acres have been rising steadily in the Mid-South and Southeast states. Higher grain prices have played a major role, certainly, but a less-talked-about reason has been glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth.
Rethinking production system may be key to herbicide resistance in soybeans
When growers began to plant new Roundup Ready crops in the mid-1990s, most were surprised at how easy their lives became. They could fill a spray tank with Roundup and water and, for the most part, just keep adding glyphosate until they laid by their crops.
Sample soils now to determine residual nitrogen
Depending on where you farm, 2012 was either too dry, too wet or, as Goldilocks told the three bears, just right. It will go down in the record books as one of the driest years in decades in the Midwest, Arkansas, western Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, west Tennessee and parts of Texas, and not so bad in the remainder of the Southeast.
What will it take to grow consistent 300 bu. corn?
Growing 300-bushel corn on a consistent basis may seem like a tall order, especially coming on the heels of a drought that saw yields in 2012 fall far below the norm.
Organic food inspections lacking, former inspector says 2
Former organic food inspector says current inspection system needs overhauling to make sure organic foods are what their growers claim them to be.
Cotton varieties tested on-farm in new CI program
Cotton Incorporated and land-grant universities begin a on-farm testing to help fill the “knowledge gap” on new cotton variety releases.
Smartphones and apps improve farmer efficiencies
Smartphones are taking the consumer world by storm. That’s becoming true, as well, in agriculture where IT experts are dreaming up new uses for the handheld devices almost daily.
Federal crop insurance policies getting lot of attention in 2012 drought
For years, many farmers in the Midwest signed up for federal crop insurance coverage, took the papers and struck them in a file folder or drawer and never looked at them again. But not this year.
Gov. Bryant: agriculture’s economic role often underrated
Agriculture continues to be the mainstay of the economy in Mississippi and other Mid-South states, and, as such, it should be promoted and protected — not neglected, said Gov. Phil Bryant at this year's Delta Council annual meeting.
Stabenow farm bill would end direct payments, strengthen crop insurance 1
Sen. Debbie Stabenow releases draft of 2012 farm bill, pledges deficit reduction and stronger crop insurance-based safety net for producers.
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