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USFRA Releases Educational Videos on the Nuts & Bolts of Farming

The United States Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, a farm advocacy group, has released a series of videos to help the public understand what daily life on the farm is like.  USFRA’s online video series illustrates different farming practices, ranging between two and four minutes in length.  The first four address milking 1,200 cows, caring for 7,000 pigs, using trash as fertilizer and gathering as many as 50,000 eggs a day.

Georgia Farmer Speaks on 500 bushel to the Acre Corn Yield

Randy Dowdy, of Valdosta, Georgia, once again came in with the highest corn yields in the country, and for the first time in history broke the 500 bu/a mark.  Dowdy is well known for thinking ‘out of the box’ and trying new things every year:

“We had 30 inch corn and we had some 36 inch twin row corn. On the latter, there is 12 inches between the twins, so you have 12 and 24 inch middle. That is where the highest yields came from. I will try this year to do some 15 or 20 inch corn to experiment if I can get a planter. But its expensive. I spend my consulting dollars on influence to do research.”

So, for increased yields year-over-year, Dowdy has this advice:

“We implement the things that we have proven to work on our production acres. Its an evolving process. If you want to achieve higher yields, then its mandatory to be willing to change.”

And because Dowdy was willing to change, his corn yields have almost doubled in just four years:

“They tell us we have the potential to make 600-800 bushels so 500 is getting there. We were very wet early with 30” of rain the first 45 days and that proved to be costly. So I think some of my potential was affected there. We will always try to make higher yields and hope for the best.”

And what’s more amazing, Dowdy has no farming background, and planted his first corn crop in 2006.

New Cumberland County Board of Commissioners Expected to Decide on Sanderson Farms Processing Facility

A recently elected slate of Board of Commissioners is expected to vote on whether to offer incentives to Sanderson Farms to build a controversial poultry processing plant in Cumberland County.

Opponents of the $113-million plant as recently as last month added 500 signatures to a petition seeking to block construction of the facility, which could bring as many as 1,000 jobs to the area. The local chamber of commerce released three studies that indicated that the plant would not harm the environment. Local residents and environmental groups are concerned about the impact the plant could have on nearby water supplies and property values.'

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.