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.

Corn champion says challenge is change
Corn producer Randy Dowdy, who had the highest national irrigated class yield of 372 bushels per acre this past year and also posted yields of 374 and 341 bushels per acre.
Farm bill assumptions can be made
A new farm bill remains in limbo, but some conclusions can be made about how the final legislation might look. There will be a big shift from commodity program tools for managing risks to insurance tools.
Fresh vegetables: plentiful supply, low prices
All major growing regions had good weather throughout the past winter and early spring 2012, unlike the past few years when freezes in either Florida or Mexico reduced volume and bolstered prices.
Price tumble for fresh market vegetables
A steady supply of fresh-market vegetables is causing price reductions for farmers. While it is expected that demand for fresh vegetables will continue a “slow growth” as consumers continue to improve their diets, prices are not expected to climb, which doesn’t bode well for growers in the short term.
Pigweed in a class alone among cotton pests
Growing at rates as fast as 2 inches a day, pigweed has been known to reach a height of 9 feet and a weight of 40 pounds, far exceeding the dimensions of any of its competitors.
Cotton rallies on Indian export ban — for now
India's ban on all cotton exports is predictably causing a surge in prices, but it remains to be seen if the rally will be long-term.
Search for methyl bromide replacement marches on
While the phase-out of methyl bromide has been challenging for many vegetable producers, researchers have been working diligently to come up with effective alternatives, and there is success to report.
Fresh vegetable market indicates improved supplies, lower prices
The outlook for fresh vegetables this winter indicates greatly improved supplies and much lower prices. At the same time, demand is expected to continue to slowly improve as consumers cautiously return to away-from-home meals. The largest market for U.S. vegetable exports is Canada, which purchased 46 percent of shipments in 2011. Japan and Mexico are by far the next largest markets for U.S.-grown vegetables.
California accounts for two-thirds of fall vegetable acreage
Compared with a year earlier, fall season area for harvest of 11 selected fresh-market vegetables in the U.S. is expected to rise by 5 percent this year, to 153,450 acres, according to the latest USDA Vegetable and Melons Outlook.
Fuel, fertilizer, labor major agriculture concerns in 2012 2
Fuel, fertilizer, labor and interest rates are major concerns for farmers when they consider the cost of doing business, and 2012 promises to be another year of uncertainty for some inputs as the spring planting season approaches.
Alabama immigration law called America's toughest
Alabama lawmakers who sponsored and voted for the state’s new immigration enforcement legislation call it the toughest such law in the country, and they’ll get no argument from farmers, who say they suffered harvest losses this year because they couldn’t find enough workers to pick their crops. Provisions requiring all Alabama employers to use the federal E-Verify system won’t become effective until April 1, of 2012.
U.S. cattle market headed for big price swings
Factors to watch in the 2012 market include the current weak U.S. economy, high levels of unemployment, lack of consumer confidence, political gridlock and chaos at all levels of government, an upcoming U.S. presidential election, and various other issues.
Farm planning and financing often overlooked
The interaction of farm planning and financing is a concept that’s too often overlooked by growers, but it’s one that can help you reach your goals over time, says Marshall Lamb, research director with the National Peanut Research Laboratory in Dawson, Ga. “Too many farmers do not plan on where they’re going,” says Lamb.
Surge in vegetable prices over last year
During the first seven months of this year, farm prices for fresh-market vegetables averaged 14 percent above a year earlier, according to the latest USDA Vegetables and Melons Outlook. After declining 4 percent from a year earlier this past spring, farm prices were expected to average at or below a year earlier this summer, with weather-delayed crops coming to harvest and crowding the market through August.
U.S. agriculture poised for continued prosperity
Several factors will impact the future of U.S. agriculture in the next decade, but most current indicators point towards continued prosperity
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