Cotton en A first look at South Carolina crops heavily damaged by historic rains <div class="field-byline"> Jim Melvin, Clemson University </div> <div class="node-body article-body">With South Carolina crop harvests already down by 50 percent because of a withering summer drought, this past weekend’s historic rainfall has made an already-bad situation even worse.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Management Peanuts Soybeans Crops Tue, 06 Oct 2015 19:02:00 +0000 116271 at <p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s going to be a lot more damage to crops that were already brutalized by the summer-long drought,&rdquo; said David DeWitt, Clemson Extension area agent.</p> David DeWitt , Clemson University After the storm: What to do if pesticide storage building is flooded <div class="field-byline"> NC Cooperative Extension </div> <div class="node-body article-body">When the flood waters subside around a farm, one area to watch is the pesticide storage area. There could be damaged containers and spilled product, resulting in a potentially hazardous situation. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Equipment Flooding Mon, 05 Oct 2015 15:25:00 +0000 116231 at <p>If there is standing water in your pesticide storage facility, assume it is hazardous until you can check all pesticide containers for leaks or breakage. Do not allow any skin contact with this water. If there is no evidence of pesticide leakage into the water, it can be safely pumped out. However, if pesticides have mixed with this water, the water will have to be pumped to a storage tank for land application.</p> China’s cotton contradictions and the need for quality fiber <div class="field-byline"> Don Shurley, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">It is impossible to talk about world cotton market without discussing China or trying to understand why it has pursued its questionable cotton policies.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Markets Cotton Marketing and Promotion Mon, 05 Oct 2015 14:23:00 +0000 116221 at <p>The China situation is a real supply/demand contradiction that may take at least another two to three years to begin to work itself out.&nbsp; This doesn&rsquo;t necessarily mean low prices for US growers.</p> Check wet cotton fields for seed sprouting <div class="field-byline"> Guy Collins, NC State Extension </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Prolonged rain in fall can cause cotton seeds to sprout in fields. It is critical to wait until these germinated seed completely dry out before harvesting. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Cotton Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:10:00 +0000 116291 at NC State Extension Yes, it’s time to make your 2016 farm financial plan <div class="field-byline"> Chuck Danehower, University of Tennessee Extension </div> <div class="node-body article-body">An up-to-date Financial Statement is important in farm financial planning. Examined every year, it can help determine the financial position as well as the direction of a farm operation.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Equipment Grains Livestock Management Miscellaneous Peanuts Soybeans Tobacco Loans/Credit Tue, 29 Sep 2015 16:07:00 +0000 116101 at Sugarcane aphid, drones and bioenergy highlight Pee Dee field day <div class="node-body gallery-body">The 2015 Pee Dee Farm Field Day covered most of the major field crops produced in South Carolina and also looked at new technology and bioenergy crops.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Grains Management Peanuts Soybeans Access Downloadable Tue, 29 Sep 2015 15:06:00 +0000 115981 at <p>Clemson University Entomologist Francis&nbsp;Reay-Jones&nbsp;considers sugarcane aphids one of the most devastating pests he&rsquo;s seen in South Carolina that present great challenges to grain sorghum farmers across the state because they are so difficult to control.</p> <p>&ldquo;One of the reasons it is such an issue is that the older chemistries registered for sorghum,&nbsp;dimethoate&nbsp;and&nbsp;Lorsban, only provide moderate control of sugarcane aphids. This is the first year we&rsquo;ve had to deal with sugarcane aphids on a large scale in South Carolina,&quot;&nbsp;Reay-Jones&nbsp;said.</p> <p>The good news is that South Carolina was granted a Section 18 Emergency Exemption Label from the Environmental Protection Agency for Transform, a new insecticide marketed by Dow,&nbsp;Reay-Jones&nbsp;said. In addition, another new insecticide,&nbsp;Sivanto, is now labeled for sorghum in South Carolina.</p> El Niño threat puts pressure on Alabama’s cotton, peanut harvest <div class="field-byline"> Paul L. Hollis, Auburn University </div> <div class="node-body article-body">One of the strongest El Niño climate phases in decades has been building for several months and could make for a tricky fall peanut and cotton harvest in lower Southeast.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Peanuts Cotton El Nino Peanut Tue, 29 Sep 2015 14:37:00 +0000 116091 at Southern agricultural economists huddle in Atlanta, sound warning <div class="node-body blog-body">Southern Extension economists discuss the current state of affairs and outlooks for major Southern commodities and livestock. Farm economy to struggle in 2016.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Equipment Government Grains Livestock Management Markets Peanuts Soybeans Vegetables Bookkeeping/Accounting Corn Cotton Farm Programs Finance Peanut Soybean Farm Press Blog Mon, 28 Sep 2015 16:49:00 +0000 116071 at <p>Southern farmers need economists dedicated to their particular diverse, and at times, complicated flavor of agriculture, and they need them firing on all cylinders now.</p> North Carolina vs. South Carolina: Is there an economic winner? <div class="field-byline"> Mike Walden, North Carolina Cooperative Extension </div> <div class="node-body article-body">North and South Carolina have had to restructure their economies. Industries like farming and textile no longer employ the number of workers they once did.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Government Grains Livestock Management Miscellaneous Soybeans Business Thu, 24 Sep 2015 14:53:00 +0000 116041 at <p>Mike Walden</p> Warp Factor 7 for weed control, Mr. Sulu? <div class="field-byline"> Eric Prostko, UGA Extension weed specialist </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Modern faster tractor speeds are affecting pesticide spray coverage, which could influence pesticide performance in a negative way. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Equipment Grains Peanuts Soybeans Corn Herbicides Peanut Soybean Thu, 24 Sep 2015 14:28:00 +0000 116031 at <p>&nbsp;Herbicide application in Brooks County, Ga., in June 2015.</p>