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
“I’ve been growing cotton most of my farming lifetime, and I could never have dreamed I’d ever see the kind of yields we got last year — it was unreal," says Bill Skinner, who farms with sons Will and Lee near Macon, Miss....More
Wood Farless and Franz and Karen Rowland are winners of the 2012 Innovation Nation contest sponsored by Syngenta and Farm Press. For their farmer-developed innovations, they win an expense-paid trip to Vero Beach, Fla....More
Tim Schmeekle farms about 1,000 acres of corn with one hired hand. That’s a tough proposition when you consider he has to irrigate every acre in his dry, western Nebraska climate. Fortunately, Schmeekle is employing a number of new technology tools to make every drop of irrigation water count....More