"The real problem areas involve not only high blackbird populations but fields where someone is water-seeding or broadcasting seed. Seed on the soil surface really entices the birds into the field.” -- Jarrod Hardke, Arkansas Extension rice agronomist....More
Rory Doyle is a Maine native who grew up exploring the state’s beautiful woods and coastline. He is currently working as Delta State University’s photographer/news writer, and he works for a number of freelance clients in the Mississippi Delta and beyond.
Under the 2014 farm bill, three conservation programs overseen by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service were consolidated under the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program. USDA has announced that $332 million would be provided for 2015 ACEP projects....More
Patrick Johnson Jr., Tunica County, Miss., farmer and partner in Cypress Brake Planting Company, is Delta F.A.R.M.’s seventh and current chairman. “Our organization has one priority, which is clearly reflected in our policy — to promote agricultural conservation while maintaining farm profitability.”...More
The decision by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to extended the deadline for selection of either the ARC or PLC options for the new farm bill for an additional week means farmers can put more analysis into their decision, University of Arkansas ag economist says....More
California rice farmers are being offered – and seriously considering – selling their water to municipalities and sitting out the growing season. If those sales are made, might that mean medium-grain rice production would shift to the Mid-South?...More
Delta F.A.R.M. — formed by in late 1990s by farmers and landowners — addresses conservation and environmental concerns surrounding production agriculture, says Patrick Johnson Jr., chairman of the organization. “Our organization has one priority, which is clearly reflected in our policy — to promote agricultural conservation while maintaining farm profitability,” he says. Read more about Johnson's work with Delta F.A.R.M.
A large number of growers are planning to raise grain sorghum for the first time in a long time — or maybe the first time ever. Many plan to conduct their weed control in this crop as cheaply as possible....More
With just one week to go, Bobby Coats, professor in the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, and Anita Wilson, agricultural program specialist with USDA FSA office in Arkansas, answer your most pressing questions....More
Comments from Carl Brothers, senior vice president and chief operating officer for Riceland Foods, speaking at this year’s Mid-South Farm & Gin Show, may influence how much rice Mid-South farmers plant as they near their 2015 season....More