Hembree Brandon

Editorial Director,
Farm Press

Hembree Brandon, editorial director, grew up in Mississippi and worked in public relations and edited weekly newspapers before joining Farm Press in 1973. He has served in various editorial positions with the Farm Press publications, in addition to writing about political, legislative, environmental, and regulatory issues.

On Swann Farms, cotton still figures in crop mix
“I enjoy growing cotton," says Guntown, Miss. farmer Hal Swann, "and as long as we’ve got a gin in the area, I don’t really want to give it up. It also provides a good rotation benefit.”
David Bennett: ‘I never wanted to do anything but be a farmer’
Given the downturn in corn prices, David Bennett, Jr., will plant less of the crop this year on his Benton County, Miss. farm, while boosting soybean acres and adding some grain sorghum.
Joe Street: A life of service to Mississippi agriculture
Joe Street has retired after 35-1/2 years of service to Mississippi agriculture in research and Extension, during which he participated in the massive expansion of rice acres in the Delta in the 1980s.
Mississippi State University wins competition to lead national UAV research effort
Mississippi State University will lead a consortium of 13 universities in operating a national center for research on unmanned aerial systems.
Of multiple careers, farming’s been Robert Massey’s first love
Robert Massey was able to get a favorable forward contract on soybeans while the price was still good, and the Senatobia, Miss., producer says this year it’ll be soybeans only
Falling crop prices may impact land, cash rents
If farm income continues to slide, land prices and land rent will also have to come down, says Abbott Myers, chairman of Mississippi Land Bank.
Julie White: Avid advocate for American agriculture
Julie White has been named the first-ever Mississippi participant in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s prestigious two-year Partners in Agricultural Leadership (PAL) class.
Lower commodity prices may pull down farmland prices
If lower prices for commodities continue long term, that will probably exert a downward pull on farmland prices and land rents, says Abbott Myers, chairman of the Mississippi Land Bank.
Proper use of polytubing can save billions of gallons of water
Delta growers often don’t get the most efficient use from irrigation polytubing, says Chris DeClerk, who says Pipe Planner software can save water, energy, and money.
Monitoring system determines crop moisture needs
Electronic probes inserted into the soil can determine water availability and help growers to make informed irrigation decisions.
Sensor system monitors soil water ‘bank account’
Peter Buss came all the way from Australia to tell Mississippi farmers how they can better monitor soil moisture to insure that their crops get the water they need, when they need it, in the right amount.
'Nightmare' plant bugs need careful management
Rotating chemistries is important for controlling plant bugs in cotton, says Jeff Gore, Mississippi State University.
Don’t let low prices cause you to skimp on fertility
“When we’re in a 63-cent cotton market, the first thing some growers want do is start cutting fertility rates, particularly potash,” says Darrin Dodds, Mississippi State University. "But be careful — it can come back to bite you."
Mid-South Ginner organizations name officers
Holt Shoaf, Milan, Tenn., farmer and ginner, will serve as president of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association for the year beginning April 1, 2015.
U.S. cotton: Quality continues a major emphasis
The National Cotton Ginners Association is supporting an effort to design a distinctive logo for bales of U.S.-grown and ginned cotton.
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