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.

Fresh-market vegetable prices show increase
Over the first five months of 2011, fresh-market vegetable prices at the point of first sale averaged 15 percent above a year earlier.
Immigration reform could have impact on agriculture
Faced with falling tax revenues and the loss of federal stimulus funds, the priority of many state legislatures this year has been simply to balance their budgets, but some laws have been approved and others are pending that could have an impact on farmers.
U.S. fresh-market vegetable acreage up slightly
At least every five years, the Watermelon Research and Promotion Plan requires changes in the rule based on a review of watermelon production, the amount of assessments paid in each of the current districts and changes to the number of importer seats.
Trap crops can be valuable tool in vegetable production
The No. 1 problem in vegetable production in the Southeastern United States is insect pests.
Cold weather influencing fresh vegetable prices, supplies
Several freezes in Florida along with cool, wet weather in California, sub-freezing temperatures in California and Arizona, and a freeze in Mexico all have contributed to sporadic supplies of fresh-market vegetables this year.
Cotton, melon intercropping shows promise
Melons and cotton are two crops that normally aren’t mentioned in the same breath, but that wasn’t the case when a county agent discussed the possibilities of this unique inter-cropping arrangement.
Foliar feeding good supplement for cotton fertilization
There aren’t many controversial subjects in the area of cotton fertilization, but foliar feeding comes close.
Precision technology plays vital role in weed control battle
Precision ag technology can be used very effectively to aid in the battle against herbicide-resistant weeds, says John Fulton with the Auburn University Precision Agriculture Program.
Timing essential in water use for cotton production
A little wilting early in the season isn’t the worst thing for cotton. In fact, it’ll probably make for a more robust plant later on.
Corn price, demand to remain strong in 2011
With competition for acreage among the various crops expected to reach a fever pitch this spring, it’s anyone’s guess as to the direction of corn acreage for 2011.
Volatility name of the game with commodity prices
Volatility might be the only constant in commodity prices over the next several months, says Max Runge, Auburn University Extension economist.
Disease control a vital part of wheat production
Planting disease-resistant varieties remains the most effective and economical way to control diseases in wheat, with resistance being the primary means of managing yield-robbing foliar diseases.
Cotton acreage a springboard for 2011
Acreage and harvest trends were substantially higher throughout the U.S. Cotton Belt in 2010 than in the previous production season, providing a springboard for what many are hoping will be an even better 2011.
Expert irrigation systems remove guesswork for producers
Computerized expert systems for various farming operations like irrigation have been around for a number of years now, but they’re continually being updated, evolving with the needs of growers.
Research effort takes aim at TSWV
The dreaded disease tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) and its effect on tomato production is the focus of a multi-state research effort that includes a predictive model developed at North Carolina State University.
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