Finding and securing adequate land to grow crops and raise animals was once again the top challenge identified in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual outlook survey of participants in the Young Farmers & Ranchers program....More
“The few acres we have in north Alabama will probably continue to go down some. In central and south Alabama, cotton and peanuts go hand-in-hand, and cotton is too good to lose as a rotational crop. Unfortunately, cotton prices have not rebounded, and we don’t have much incentive."...More
In a recent survey conducted by the University of Florida Center for Public Issues Education, or PIE Center, participating Floridians revealed that they value water almost as much as they do money and their health. Just don’t ask them to cut their showers short....More
The Federal Aviation Administration gave North Carolina State University the green light in September to conduct research on using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in agriculture and the studies are now underway at the Vernon G. James Research and Extension Center in Plymouth....More
“In Alabama, we have a lot of highly erodible soils with organic matter of about ½ percent on most of them. Conservation systems are intended to increase that organic matter which in turn impacts productivity on those soils.”...More
Palmer amaranth isn’t as big a menace in the black lands of North Carolina as in other parts of the state, but that doesn't mean cotton growers shouldn't take precautions to control the weed, according to Alan York, North Carolina State University weed scientist....More
Justin Shealey poked holes, sampled gas and got muddy all in an effort to help the vegetable growers in his area not lose tens of thousands of dollars and time by accidentally killing their spring transplants.
Given the sizable share of sorghum exports to China, expected returns from additional sorghum acres could not be as planned if the Chinese move back into the corn market, an outcome likely influenced by China's recent acceptance of MR162 and lower expected corn prices during 2015-16....More
North Carolina now has neonicotinoid-resistant thrips which is not a good thing for cotton producers in the state who rely on neonicotinoid seed treatments, according to North Carolina State University Extension Entomologist Dominic Reisig....More
Cotton varieties that perform consistently at the top show a high degree of stability and stability characteristics are the best predictor for how a variety is going to perform, according to Guy Collins, North Carolina’s new cotton specialist, who has been on the job since Jan. 5....More
Many problems frequently blamed on herbicides can only be addressed before planting. Issues such as low soil pH, high Zinc, and nematodes need to be remedied before the problem is observed in the field....More
“Every conversation among growers is about a bleak forecast in terms of real leaf demand. It isn’t easy to understand how we seemingly find ourselves in this oversupply situation all of a sudden.”...More
The biggest advantage of precision agriculture is efficiency and accuracy, being able to apply chemicals and fertilizers only when and where they are needed, but Ron Heiniger stresses that precision agriculture is still in its early stages and has a long way to go to be fully implemented on the farm....More
It was 1947 and J.L Clegg was attaching pipes to a free-flowing artesian well on his tobacco farm. That same year, L.E. Connell and assistant county Extension agent J. O. Hensley adjusted pipes on H. Langdale, Jr. Farm. And in 1951, Dock Jones was using dynamite to make ditches.
There is no doubt, that the 2014 farm bill is complicated. There are multiple long-lasting decisions to make. We can make an educated guess, but it is still a guess on how the next four years will play out....More
A survey designed by Clemson University researchers to begin to quantify the economic and ecological damage caused by feral hogs will soon start showing up in the mailboxes of many South Carolina farmers and rural landowners....More