New soybean varieties featuring oil with high oleic content are on the horizon. The improved oil would have a longer shelf life without hydrogenation that produces trans fats and would also provide the benefits of improved health aspects and higher cooking temperatures....More
Generic base acres are not involved in, or subject to, base acre reallocation. If generic base acres are planted to a covered commodity in a given year, then those acres are considered base acres for that planted covered commodity in that crop year....More
Over an 18-month period, Arkansan Brittney Turner photographed farmers and others in the agriculture industry in the Arkansas Delta, “capturing the day-to-day operations of modern farming.” That project has resulted in Farming the Arkansas Delta, a 60-plus page coffee table book containing vibrant photos of her region’s rich fields.
As commodity prices increased since 2008 there has been an interest among producers and landowners to explore the flexible lease concept. Flexible crop leases have been more in place in the Midwest, but within the last few years have seen increased interest in the Southeast and Mid-South....More
Federal budget issues, the farm bill, Waters of the U.S., and climate change — the constant in it all are the farmers and ranchers who continue to plan for the coming year, regardless of the year they just closed out. And for many, those plans include attending the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show....More
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture has released its first soybean variety that features Roundup Ready technology.
Division soybean breeder Pengyin Chen said the new variety, called UA 5414RR, offers the weed control advantages of Roundup Ready soybeans without the cost of technology fees. He said growers could also save seed from each harvest for planting the following year....More
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."...More
Mississippi State University’s North Mississippi Research and Extension Center will host its annual Producer Advisory Council meeting Feb. 19 in Verona, Miss. Agricultural clients will meet with representatives from the MSU Extension Service and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station to discuss education and research needs....More
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....More
Making the most of available water — one of farming’s most precious resources — will be the focus of the upcoming Arkansas Irrigation Expo, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 25 at the Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart, Ark....More
Attendees at the 63rd annual Mid-South Farm & Gin Show, scheduled for Feb. 27- 28 at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, will have an opportunity to attend several educational seminars during the two days....More
As farmers gain resistant weeds and lose the effectiveness of herbicides, they cannot afford any escapes because that escape could be resistant. Therefore, the weed control goal should be zero tolerance....More