Paul Hollis

Southeast Farm Press

Paul Hollis is a native of Alabama who received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Auburn University. He served as business editor and city editor for a daily newspaper and as publications and news editor for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System before joining Farm Press in 1990. Paul lives with his wife Tammy in Auburn, Ala. They have a daughter, Tess.

Latest class of Peanut Profitability Award winners exhibits production efficiency 1
From bone-dry in the Southwest to flooding in the Southeast, this year’s Peanut Profitability Award honorees persevered through opposite extremes of weather conditions.
2013 Peanut Profitability Winners
Timeliness, cost management critical for Peanut Profitability winners
Peanut Profitability Award winners demonstrate timeliness, cost management, optimism for agriculture.
New herbicide formulations will require precise application
There will be some major changes in the application process, specifically as it relates to the label, and the label is the law.
Corn irrigation
Corn market enters 2013 production season in bearish mood
With parity returning to commodity markets, corn is taking on a bearish look
2013 peanut acreage question tackled
2013 peanut acreage question tackled state-by-state
While it’s still early to make any hard and fast predictions on the 2013 U.S. peanut crop, it’s fairly certain there will be a significant decrease in planted acreage, even if increased export sales to China are realized.
Last year’s record-breaking peanut crop to be felt well into 2013
By now, all adjectives have been used for the 2012 U.S. peanut crop — phenomenal, warehouse-buster, record-breaker.
Peanut Rx program can help growers maximize profits
Everyone can agree there’s a difference between any two peanut fields – five years behind peanuts is different from continuous peanuts.
Peanut seed price, quality and supply all look good for 2013
While the peanut markets are expected to remain depressed going into the 2013 production season, there is some good news for producers this year.
Fresh vegetable price index continues to flatten
Grower prices for many fresh vegetables continued a gradual recovery from the lows of late 2011/early 2012, although the projected overall fourth quarter price index for fresh vegetables is down six points from the third quarter 2012 index.
Don’t count on 2012 corn, soybean price levels this year
While farmers saw good commodity prices in 2012 — especially for corn and soybeans — they should avoid getting caught up on the high prices of the past.
Former Peanut Profitability winners saw record crops in 2012
Fifty-five inches of rain from planting until harvest is too much rain for any farmer, even a dryland peanut producer.
U.S. peanut industry plagued by production highs and lows
The peanut industry is a vital economic engine for many rural economies in the Southeast.
Prices for most fresh vegetables remain below previous-year levels
Reduced shipments have relieved some downward pressure on fresh vegetable prices from earlier in 2012, although prices for most vegetables still remain below levels from the previous year, according to the latest USDA Vegetables and Melons Outlook.
U.S. cattle market should remain strong, volatile
The U.S. cattle market should remain relatively strong for 2013 and average 4 to 8 percent higher than in 2012, according to Walt Prevatt, Auburn University Extension economist.
Flood of peanuts expected from 2012’s bountiful U.S. crop
One-thousand-dollar-per-ton prices, as good as they sounded at the time, might have been the worst thing to happen to the peanut industry, says Nathan Smith, University of Georgia Extension economist.
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