Glenn Pendleton Family Farms of Pasquotank County won the annual North Carolina Soybean Yield Contest with an entry of 93.3 bushels per acre, besting the old state yield record by .4 bushels per acre....More
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden announced she is stepping down from her post at the end of February. Michael Scuse, undersecretary for farm and foreign agricultural services, will become the acting deputy secretary....More
It is a serious mistake in farming to choose high-yielding, susceptible crop varieties without carefully considering the benefits of resistant varieties to protect yield and reduce pathogen populations.
North Carolina State University Extension Weed Specialist Wes Everman has continually issued warning bells that resistance to PPO inhibitors is a real concern for North Carolina farmers. It is a message he will continue to deliver in 2016....More
For the past few years, David Hardy, who runs the soil testing laboratory at the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, has received a common question from farmers across the state: “Are the department’s potash fertility recommendations adequate?”...More
From cattle thieves caught on camera to the world’s fastest tractor and from pecan truffles to citrus schemes and from drunken friends to standing naked, 2015 -- like all years before it – had its share of odd stories and commentaries.
Most Southeast farmers don’t see soybeans as ‘poverty peas’ anymore. From the re-introduction of indeterminate varieties to the gamble on ultra-late planting and from timely irrigation to precise fertility, growers can get higher soybean yields with a few minor adjustments or go for over-the-fence yields with major adjustments. It’s up to the farmer.
“We know that payments coming out of DC are significantly less than what they’ve ever been, and that’s the trend of the future we are going to have to operate in,” said Saxby Chambliss, recently retired senator from Georgia....More
You might wonder why a particular herbicide is or is not recommended in your area. Manufacturers spend a lot of money on colorful advertisements proclaiming the virtues of their products. These ads might lead you to believe that you are missing out on something....More
From a bird’s-eye view of a disaster to peanuts on fire and from Haitians in corn to a helicopter over cotton and from black-in-white irrigation to complex farming, here’s a look at the people, places and things that helped tell the stories of Southeast agriculture this year.
The idea of an early production soybean system using indeterminate varieties has been around for decades, but it wasn’t a particularly economic way to grow soybeans in the Southeast. But old can be new again, say some soybean experts....More