With planting dates closing fast, farmers are preparing equipment for fieldwork. The winter of 2012-2013 has been mild, with temperatures rarely below freezing. Here are a series of Delta agriculture images from late fall through the mild winter.
A fire ant attack is a moment of blind panic; an initial frozen blink of time when you realize you’re being swarmed by ant devils. Panic steps aside for primal instinct and fits of bucking, jumping and flailing with movements only seen at the wildest of tent revivals....More
A quartet of agricultural social media “rock stars” offered tips and encouragement to farmers and ranchers at a strategic engagement conference during the American Farm Bureau Federation’s ninety-fourth Annual Meeting....More
Government officials, community leaders and educators discussed the current situation and the future of Internet connectivity in rural areas of Louisiana at the Connect My Louisiana broadband summit held on Jan. 15....More
In terms of tractor and other farm machinery purchases, “there was a huge windfall in the 2013 tax legislation,” says Roger McEowen, director of Iowa State University’s Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation....More
Oysters and prunes may not have a lot in common, but in Subramaniam Sathivel’s lab, these are two of the products chefs are working with to develop new foods for consumers. The LSU AgCenter food engineer specializes in cryopreservation and shelf stabilization of foods....More
As peanut acreage continues to spread across the Delta, the Clint Williams Co.’s Clarksdale, Miss., facility processed 11,000 acres of peanuts in its first year of operation. Glen Moore, buying point manager, oversees a 26,000-ton storage warehouse at the Clarksdale site, in addition to 100 drying trailers. After drying, Moore ships the peanuts to Madill, Okla., where they are further processed for candy and peanut butter.
With a value of $1.85 trillion, farm real estate accounted for 85 percent of the total value of U.S. farm assets in 2010. Because farmland represents the major asset for most U.S. farm businesses and is the largest single investment in a typical farmer's portfolio, changes in farm real estate values affect the financial well-being of agricultural producers....More
Plant breeders have spent a lot of time over the years working to put the best genetics into new corn hybrids. But farmers won’t get the full benefit of those advances if their planters aren’t giving them the proper seeding rates and planting depths....More
Rodgers Planting Co., Clarksdale, Miss., had equipment running to bring in its first ever peanut crop. Rain kept combines sidelined for a few days, but farm manager Clint Walton had combines rolling at the first opportunity. Rodgers Planting Co. will ship the peanut harvest to Birdsong Peanuts, Aberdeen, Miss.
Tractors are getting bigger these days to be able to handle larger power demands and bigger tractors mean the tires must be able to handle more weight. Titan Tire has introduced two Increased Flexion or IF tires in its Goodyear Farm Tire line that are aimed to meet this need....More