2018 Management Decisions – Seeding Rate

We continue our 2018 Management Decisions series this week where we tackle plant populations. At this point, most of you have selected varieties and purchased seed, so one of the next things to think about is soybean seeding rate. Conventional wisdom says planting high populations will ensure maximum yields, but actually, this is not always…

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China’s Proposed Tariffs & NC Growers

As you know, this week has been filled with news regarding the proposed tariffs from both the U.S. and China.  We assure you that prior to these announcements, state and national soybean associations were already working hard to educate influencers and lawmakers in D.C. about the potential effects on the agricultural industry. This week, your NCSPA…

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Dicamba Regulations for 2018

As growing season begins, it’s an important reminder that the EPA has classified three formulations of dicamba as Restricted Use Pesticides for 2018, BASF’s Engenia®, DuPont’s FeXapanTM and Monsanto’s XtendiMax®. As a Group 4 herbicide, and one of only a few in this site of action available for post-emergence use in soybeans, it’s an important…

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2018 Management Decisions – Weed Control

Starting this week we will be discussing some important management decisions for 2018. Over the next few weeks well tackle a variety of topics including planting dates, seeding rates, row spacing, and more. But I’ve decided to start with weeds because proper weed control is one of the most important components of a soybean production program.…

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2018 Sporting Clays Tournament

The NC SoyPAC held their annual Sporting Clays Challenge last Friday, March 23, 2018. This year’s tournament featured a change in the schedule, moving the usual start time from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Participants were treated to two rounds of shooting and a steak dinner at the end of the day, also a new…

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How to Cut Machinery Repair Costs

Want to keep your machinery repair costs down? The best way is to have a plan in place for maintenance and repair, which will also minimize losses due to down-time. Some tips to do this are: Learn about your equipment and understand the regular maintenance recommended. Use a checklist to ensure service work and regular…

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The Perks of Planting Cover Crops

Cover crops provide numerous benefits for the soil, including reduced erosion, improved ability to hold water and greater organic matter. Some soybean farmers still aren’t sure whether they’ll return the investment, but there are a growing number of farmers who agree they pay for themselves in a variety of ways. Here are eight benefits cited…

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Nematodes in NC

If you farm in North Carolina, you know nematodes are a fact of life regardless of what crops you grow. So what exactly is a nematode? Nematodes are tiny, colorless, threadlike, unsegmented roundworms. Nematodes can be found all over the earth and 4 out of 5 creatures on the planet are actually nematodes. There are…

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Herbicide Lookup Tool App Now Available

Take Action on Weeds has debuted a new herbicide lookup tool app that allows users to identify the site of action classification, and will also show other herbicides that fall into the same site of action. Ultimately, this will help farmers diversify their herbicide strategy and effectively control troublesome herbicide-resistant weeds. The Take Action on…

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Seed Treatments – A Smart Investment?

Seed treatments have gained in popularity over the last few years, but are they a smart investment for soybean farmers? And if so, what kind of treatments are your best options? You are faced with many choices of products that can be placed on the seed. With millions of dollars are spent on seed treatments…

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Getting Ahead of Weeds and the Weather

While weeds are dormant, it is important to keep a close watch on the weather and weeds as to gauge the impact of weather on emergence and control. Weather can change when and how weeds germinate, and a sequential program of residual herbicide can help. Scout fields early for the presence of winter annual weeds…

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Are NC Soybean Yields Increasing?

    2017 was a good year for soybeans in North Carolina and across the Southern US. We tied our state record yield of 40 bushels/acre and nine counties averaged 45 bushels/acre or more. Kudos to all of the farmers and agronomists who worked hard all season to make this happen (along with some favorable…

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