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.

Walter Field: Move to row crops ‘was like being thrown to the wolves’
Shuqualak, Miss., farmer Walter Field says his venture into row crops four years ago "was like being thrown to the wolves. I had no row crop experience, I had no equipment, no equity. But with the high commodity prices in that period, I felt there was an opportunity."
Sugarcane aphid a threat to Mississippi grain sorghum
In just one year, the sugarcane aphid spread from only one grain sorghum field in Mississippi to every county in the state that was growing the crop.
Farm bill brings changes for peanut producers
How well peanut revenue insurance will work is yet to be seen, says Keith Coble, but "it’s something producers need to be asking their crop insurance agents about,” he said at the annual meeting of the Mississippi Peanut Growers Association.
Sugarcane aphid potentially devastating to grain sorghum
Anyone planning to grow grain sorghum this year needs to be aware of what can happen with the sugarcane aphid and how it can affect their crop budget, says Angus Catchot,Mississippi State University Extension professor of entomology and plant pathology.
Mississippi Peanut Growers Association 2015 annual meeting photos
Mississippi Peanut Growers Association members heard the latest on marketing, acreage, and supply issues at their 2015 annual meeting at Hattiesburg, Miss.
Deadlines nearing for decisions on farm bill programs
Deadlines are nearing for decisions farmers need to make to comply with provisions of the new farm legislation, says Keith Coble, Mississippi State University professor who helped draft the farm bill.
Monitoring winter soil moisture, improving soil health can make irrigation more efficient 
Monitoring winter soil moisture with sensors extends the period when you can learn about the specific characteristics of your soil — its infiltration rate, profile, and storage capacity.
As farmers rely more on data, worries about privacy increase 
With the increasing adoption of precision agriculture technology, there have been a lot of questions about how to handle data privacy — but not many answers, says Terry Griffin, Griffin Consulting, Little Rock, Ark.
Farm Families of Mississippi promotional campaign continues to grow
"The concept for the Farm Families of Mississippi program was to tell stories we wanted told, in a positive way, to combat a lot of the sensationalism and misinformation that’s out there," says Hugh Arant, Leflore County, Miss., producer.
Big data increasingly permeating farmers’ lives 
“Today, big data permeates our lives,” says Barry Barnett, Mississippi State University professor of agricultural economics. "It offers opportunities to advance our understanding and control of problems that were previously considered intractable due to their complexity and the computational power required.”
Today’s farms awash in data: But what to do with it?
“Today, the average corn farmer in the U.S. generates about 26 megabytes of data per acre per year,” says John Fulton, but the majority of that data isn’t being captured for analysis and use on the farm.
Glover Triplett: A half-century of no-till research
Even with its widespread adoption, no-till is still a work in progress, says Glover Triplett, one of the practice's pioneers. Each year more insight is added to making the system more effective and efficient, he says.
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 1
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.
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