Top 10 videos from Delta Farm Press in 2014

Preparing for the implementation of the 2014 farm bill dominated the most-viewed videos for Delta Farm Press. Here are the year’s top 10 viewed videos.

10. Big farm bill decisions coming up for rice producers With the deadline for signup for the new farm bill months away in July, Michael Salassi, professor of agricultural economics at Louisiana State University, said farmers should be preparing for the decisions they will have to make once USDA completes the regulations for the new Agriculture Act of 2014. (Forrest Laws)

9. The new ‘normal’ isn’t all it’s cracked up to be Corn futures at $7 per bushel; soybeans at $15. Those higher prices were supposed to be the new ‘normal’ in agriculture. Some growers seem to be clinging to the idea that they could rebound and approach that area again, according to Dave Kohl, professor emeritus in Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech University. (Forrest Laws)

8. 2014 cotton crop about to come to an abrupt end in Arkansas? To look at the cotton crop, you might think it was still July or August in parts of Arkansas, according to Bill Robertson, Extension cotton agronomist for the state.  “We still have a lot of horsepower in this crop. You drive by, and there are a lot of really green fields out. But we’re quickly running out of season,” said Robertson, in September. (Forrest Laws)

7. Farmers looking for answers on ‘magic’ acres in new farm bill programs They’re beginning to be called “magic” acres. Those are the millions of cotton base acres that will become generic base when farmers enroll in the Price Loss Coverage or Agricultural Risk Coverage programs in the new farm bill. (Forrest Laws)

6. Farm bill cotton program will cover narrow band above regular crop insurance coverage Congress has been debating the 2012 farm bill so long that some may have have forgotten they will have to know how the new programs work once they become law. Of particular interest for cotton farmers will be how the new STAX program operates. (Forrest Laws)

5. New tool for fighting herbicide-resistant weeds Most farmers are aware of the concept of “air seeding;” i.e, distributing wheat or rice or bermudagrass seed with an airplane or a spreader truck or even by hand. What some may not think about is another method of air seeding, spreading seed, especially of glyphosate or other herbicide-resistant weeds like Palmer amaranth, out the back of their combine during harvest operations. (Forrest Laws)

4. There’s more to the bee pollinator issue than many may think The headline on the EPA release was news to farmers who have been producing significantly higher soybean yields in the Mid-South. (Forrest Laws)

3. Farm bill decision aid goes live as USDA announces farm bill rules James Richardson says he and other Texas A&M University analysts realized early on that what became the Agricultural Act of 2014 wasn’t going to be business as usual for the nation’s farmers. (Forrest Laws)

2. New research indicates neonicotinoids not showing up in plant pollen According to media accounts, neonicotinoid seed treatments are taken up by plants and expressed in pollen and other reproductive parts, thus contributing to the much-publicized declines in honeybees in recent years. But new research by Mid-South university entomologists indicates that’s not necessarily the case. (Forrest Laws)

1. Ducks fare well in Agriculture Act of 2014, conservationist says The 2014 farm bill doesn’t provide everything all the interested parties wanted – no legislation ever does. But conservation groups are saying they’re generally pleased with the conservation measures that made it into this farm bill, the Agriculture Act oif 2014. (Forrest Laws)

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