Hembree Brandon

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.

Articles
Nominations sought for Mississippi spot on National Peanut Board
The Mississippi Peanut Growers Association is seeking nominations for an alternate position on the National Peanut Board. The election will be held Nov. 18.
With favorable weather, dryland high density corn can produce outstanding yields
With favorable weather, high population dryland corn can produce outstanding yields, says Brien Henry,associate professor of plant and soil sciences at Mississippi State University.
Technology an integral part of farming operations for Seward and Son
Seward and Son Planting Company at Louise, Miss., employs a sophisticated array of electronic technology for variable rate applications of chemicals and fertilizers, precision planting, equipment operation, irrigation control and monitoring, and data collection/analysis on their 2,300-acre operation.
Precision planting technology pays dividends for Jack and Brandon Huerkamp
“You’ve got to be careful to not be so dazzled by the bells and whistles of technology that you overlook the main reasons for buying it," says Mississippi farmer Jack Huerkamp. "The overriding consideration should be: Will it help me to do my work more efficiently, and will it make money for me?”
Nutrition benefits of peanuts focus of industry ad campaign
“People have a love affair with peanuts,” Sherry Coleman Collins told growers and industry representatives at the annual conference of the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation, “and that represents valuable capital for our industry.”
Mississippi peanut field days scheduled in September
The Mississippi Peanut Growers Association will hold three field days in September, and growers are invited to attend and get a firsthand look at disease plots, insect trial results, and variety and cultural practices trials.
Outlook bright for 2014 Mississippi sweet potato crop
Mississippi sweet potato acreage for 2014 is up about 11 percent, and as harvest kicks off the market is strong, growers were told at the annual Mississippi Sweet Potato Field Day at the Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station.
Healthy eating, including peanuts, can help with diabetes, obesity
Scientists have found that eating a daily serving of peanuts can actually counteract diabetes risk factors and aid in weight loss, says Malcolm Broome, executive director of the Mississippi Peanut Growers Association.
New high oleic varieties may be future for peanuts
New high oleic peanut varieties are “where the industry may be heading,” says Jason Sarver, Mississippi State University assistant Extension/research professor.
Mississippi sweet potatoes — strong demand as harvest starts
With Mississippi’s sweet potato harvest in full swing, demand for the tasty tuber is strong, according to reports at the annual Sweet Potato Field Day held at the Mississippi State University Pontotoc Ridge/Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station.
A dubious honor: Mississippi ranks No. 1 in glyphosate-resistant weeds 1
Mississippi leads the nation in the number of glyphosate-resistant weeds, says Darrin Dodds, and pigweed (Palmer amaranth) is now at the top of that list.
PeanutFARM a new decision-making tool
PeanutFARM, new technology in development, may soon allow Mid-South peanut growers to make decisions on irrigation scheduling and digging with greater accuracy and ease.
More Mississippi research focused on peanuts
Insect control related to peanuts has increasingly been the focus of research in Mississippi, says Jeff Gore, Extension/research professor at the Delta Research and Extension Center.
Mississippi continues boll weevil-free status
The last boll weevil trapped in Mississippi was in 2008, and the state is now in its sixth year of weevil-free status, says Farrell Boyd, manager of the Mississippi Boll Weevil Eradication Corporation.
EPA/Corps/NRCS alliance spells trouble, Rep. Crawford says
A "regulatory triad” composed of the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Corps of Engineers, and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service holds the potential for a lot of headaches for agriculture, says Arkansas Rep. Rick Crawford
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