Ten Southwestern cotton producers will see cotton and other agricultural operations in North Carolina and Virginia on August 3-7 as part of the National Cotton Council’s (NCC) 2014 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) program....More
Plant bugs are proving to be more of a challenge in North Carolina this year with infestations being found and treated farther into the Coastal Plains than usual, but North Carolina State University Extension Entomologist Dominic Reisig stresses that the situation can be easily managed with proper scouting....More
Most farmers are aware of the concept of “air seeding;” i.e, distributing wheat or rice or bermudagrass seed with an airplane or a spreader truck or even by hand. What some may not think about is another method of air seeding, spreading seed, especially of glyphosate or other herbicide-resistant weeds like Palmer amaranth, out the back of their combine during harvest operations....More
This month, the ‘Focus on Cotton’ webcast resource, developed by Cotton Incorporated and the Plant Management Network, offers useful information on cotton protection and irrigation management for the Southeast....More
Precision agriculture tools such as Real Time Kinematic (RTK) satellite navigation will go a long way in helping farmers remain competitive, improve efficiency and increase yields as they work to feed a growing world population....More
The road to the development of the latest generation of herbicide-tolerant crop traits has taken several twists and turns. The latest is a decision by Monsanto to launch Bollgard II, Roundup Ready XTend Flex cotton in 2015 – if USDA and EPA approve – and dicamba-tolerant soybeans in 2016. Monsanto’s Kimberly Moggins explains those development in this interview following the 2014 Roundup Ready Learning Experience event in Marion, Ark....More
Though they’ve gotten a deservedly bad reputation in recent years for doing serious crop damage, but not all stink bugs are crop pests. Some are beneficial and prey on other crop pests, especially in vegetable production.
The pesticide registration process – FIFRA – establishes acceptable pesticide residue levels for products approved in the U.S. Meanwhile, foreign governments are increasing oversight and testing of imported food for pesticide residues....More
Combined, the state winners of the 2014 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year program have 350 years of farming experience, with scores of farming generations before them to boot. From one of the largest growers in the state to a Vietnam veteran, from a meticulous weed warrior to even a ‘city’ boy, their backgrounds and farming operations vary across the board.
The cotton market desperately needs stability—something to stop the free fall. If prices don’t bounce back between now and harvest, cotton farmers may have to wait and give the market longer to hopefully adjust back up over the winter....More
Mepiquat-based PGRs can help control rank growth in cotton, which is a good thing, but a plant still needs to be robust enough to support its optimal boll load in order to shoot for its top yield potential....More
The Field to Market, the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture unveiled an agricultural supply chain program, saying it will become a platform for measuring, promoting and reporting on continuous sustainability improvements for U.S. crops....More
Cotton squaring and flowering is a few weeks away, and now is a good time for North Carolina farmers to think about treatment options for plant bugs, according to North Carolina State University Extension entomologist Dr. Dominic Reisig....More
Although forecasts indicate a drought’s likelihood, they aren’t perfect. But they can help a farmer decide whether to plant a crop earlier or later than usual so drought is less likely to occur when the crop is most sensitive to drought....More