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
Pheromone traps: an easier way to scout for corn borers
It would be necessary to scout more than 10,000 corn plants for southwestern corn borer egg masses to get adequate data on which to base control decisions, says Fred Musser, versus four pheromone traps to achieve an equivalent result.
Kudzu bugs: Don't freak out and spray too soon
“You’re not going to be penalized by waiting until the optimum time to spray for kudzu bugs," Angus Catchot advises Mississippi soybean growers. "Wait until adults have finished migrating into the field and nymphs appear before you spray.”

Mississippi peanut yield contest winners for 2013 announced
Even with the late planting that affected many growers, and drought in some production areas, winners in the Mississippi Peanut Growers Association achieved outstanding yields,” says Malcolm Broome, MPGA executive director.
'Incredible' new diamide chemistry needs stewardship to avoid resistance
While he terms the diamide class of chemistry "incredible" for control of caterpillars, Mississippi State University Extension Professor of Entomology Angus Catchot says stewardship of the products is important in order to avoid development of resistance.
Despite surplus, peanut acres may go up in 2014
“If we have more peanut acres this year and another high average yield, there will be another oversupply, and prices will be low again in in 2015,” says Marshall Lamb, USDA/ARS National Peanut Research Laboratory.
With farm bill done, major issues remain for ag
“I think the outlook for agriculture, in general, is very strong,” says American Farm Bureau Federation Deputy Senior Economist John Anderson, but now that a new farm bill is in place, other issues remain with potential impact for agriculture.
Mid-South Farm and Gin Show starts Feb. 28
Some 20,000 visitors will converge on the downtown Memphis Cook Convention Center to take in an extensive array of products and services at 2014's 62nd Mid-South Farm and Gin Show. The event, sponsored by the Southern Cotton Ginners Association and Foundation, with Delta Farm Press as co-sponsor, will include innovative technology, interactive exhibits, educational/marketing seminars, and numerous valuable giveaways — including the perennial favorite, Labrador puppies.
‘Significantly different’ farm bill will need education on provisions
The ink has hardly had time to dry on the finally-passed 2012 farm bill, but says John Anderson, farmers need to be spending time delving into its provisions and getting prepared to comply with new, often complex rules.
For better health, eat more peanuts
A Harvard Medical School study has shown that daily consumption of 1 oz. of peanuts can reduce risk of death from all major health causes by as much as 20 percent.
Even after severe winter, many insects can rebound
A severe winter may suppress some insect species the following year, says Angus Catchot, Mississippi State University, but given favorable spring conditions, others can "blow up" into large numbers.
Matt Ormon: He took a chance on a farming career
“As young as I was, it may have been a little foolish to take on the responsibility of full-time farming, but thankfully, it has worked out well,” says Matt Ormon.
Mississippi agritourism asks 'go-to' assistance
Mississippi farmers need a full-time "go-to" person to provide assistance with the state's rapidly growing agritourism industry, says Jo Lynn Mitchell, whose family row crop operation also attracts thousands of paying visitors each year.
Adam Whalen honored with Mississippi consultants scholarship
Adam Whalen, a graduate student at Mississippi State University, has been awarded the Mississippi Agricultural Consultants Association’s Outstanding Agriculture Student scholarship for 2014.
Wild hogs a rapidly multiplying menace for agriculture
There is no place in Mississippi that wild hogs can’t colonize, says Bronson Strickland. "As long as they’re within a day’s reach of water, they can thrive.”
Mississippi bee stewardship program establishes cooperative guidelines
In an effort to be proactive in advancing educational efforts leading to sustainable practices that are beneficial to beekeepers and producers, Mississippi agricultural and beekeeper organizations have developed cooperative standards for protecting pollinator insects.
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