Tobacco en Major losses reported as farmers in Carolinas face storm damage again <div class="field-deck"> Crop losses high and fields remain flooded as officials get first reports of storm’s aftermath. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Agriculture officials from South Carolina Department of Agriculture, Clemson University, South Carolina Farm Bureau, Farm Credit and United States Department of Agriculture are working together to get an estimate of the scope of agricultural damage left in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Crops Soybeans Tobacco Vegetables Flooding Wed, 12 Oct 2016 13:27:00 +0000 122441 at <p>An aerial view of flooding in eastern North Carolina on Monday, Oct. 10.</p> NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Gross Farms commitment to conservation is impressive and enduring <div class="node-body article-body">Gross Farms developed their first conservation plan nearly 30 years ago in 1987 to improve soil and water quality on their tobacco farm in Lee County, N.C.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Land Management Soybeans Tobacco Practices and Systems Reduced Tillage Farming Mon, 10 Oct 2016 13:44:00 +0000 122351 at <p>John and Tina Gross, of Lee County, N.C., recipients of the 2016 North Carolina Outstanding Conservation Farm Family award presented by the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.</p> Do your homework before installing drain tiles <div class="node-body article-body">Chad Poole encourages farmers to do their homework before installing a tile system for drainage on their farms.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Corn Peanuts Tobacco Equipment Management Mon, 12 Sep 2016 12:47:00 +0000 121781 at <p>Drain tile installation at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Ga.</p> The danger of refinancing your farming operation <div class="field-byline"> Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Some farms may consider restructuring all or a portion of their operating balances as longer-termed notes. Refinancing may provide needed operating capital, but it also is a warning sign. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Risk Management Orchard Crops Soybeans Tobacco Equipment Livestock Management Finance Wed, 31 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000 121711 at <p>Refinancing may provide needed operating capital, but it also is a warning sign. If cash shortfalls continue and operating note balances build again, refinancing may lead to deeper problems in the future.</p> Close call: Heifers escape to busy Independence Day highway <div class="node-body blog-body">Chris and I loaded up again and sped toward the highway to find the two heifers grazing calmly on the right of way as vacationers and 18-wheelers flew past.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Peanuts Soybeans Tobacco Equipment Livestock Agenda Beef Farm Press Blog Tue, 19 Jul 2016 14:30:00 +0000 121121 at Should tobacco farmers market lowerstalk leaf? <div class="field-byline"> Chris Bickers, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">American flue-cured tobacco growers have a problem with neutral filler leaf. The problem is that too much of it has been produced already. There is a world over-supply of this type of leaf.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tobacco Fri, 08 Jul 2016 17:02:00 +0000 120981 at <p>Should the bottom leaves of this flue-cured tobacco near Live Oak, Fla., be harvested? Note how the bottom leaves in this test plot &mdash; photographed on June 13 &mdash; are touching the soil.</p> Aerial photos: Bonnie and Colin flood Carolina farms, leave mess behind <div class="node-body gallery-body">Here is what it looked like, from the air, June 7 on some North Carolina farms after tropical storms dumped heavy rain on young or just-planted crops.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Corn Peanuts Soybeans Tobacco Management Thu, 09 Jun 2016 15:05:00 +0000 120471 at Rare event: Ozone-caused Weather Fleck found on NC tobacco <div class="field-byline"> Matthew Vann, NC State Extension Tobacco Specialist </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Despite having an exceptional tobacco crop at this point, North Carolina has not been without a few issues. The recent weather has brought along something not typically seen much of in the Coastal Plain: Weather Fleck. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tobacco Tobacco Mon, 06 Jun 2016 14:24:00 +0000 120421 at <p>Weather Fleck on single leaf.</p> Matthew Vann, NC State Extension Tobacco Specialist Bayer CEO in North America speaks <div class="node-body article-body">Bayer’s Jim Blome says continued innovation in agriculture is a must to meet the demands of a growing and increasingly more affluent global population</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Outlook Corn Soybeans Tobacco Management Management Mon, 23 May 2016 18:02:00 +0000 120301 at <p>On hand for Ag Biotech Entrepreneurial Showcase at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in Research Triangle Park were, left, Alan Kriz, strategic alliance manager for Bayer CropScience, and Jim Blome, president and CEO and head crop protection, North American Region for Bayer CropScience.</p> South Carolina farmers get flood aid despite governor’s veto <div class="node-body article-body">After some contested politics within state government, South Carolina farmers will get financial aid to help them recover from historic flooding that hit the state at harvest last year.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Legislative Peanuts Soybeans Tobacco Legislation Flooding Mon, 23 May 2016 15:13:00 +0000 120291 at <p>Flood waters cover a South Carolina farm fall 2015.</p> Lindsay McClam/McClam Farms