September 15 Soybean Rust Update

From Jim Dunphy, Crop Science Extension Specialist (Soybeans) and Lindsey Thiessen, Extension Plant Pathologist Asiatic Soybean Rust has been confirmed on soybeans in Bamberg County, SC, which is a little closer to some of our NC soybeans than had previously been confirmed.  This find is approximately  140 miles from Charlotte, 345 miles from Elizabeth City, 175 miles…

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Soy Biobased Fluid Powers Olympic Village

Did you spot the use of soy while watching the Olympics? The 17 days of competition took place in host city Rio de Janeiro, where the three electrical transformers powering the games were built with Cargill’s Envirotemp® FR3® natural ester fluid, which is soybean-oil based. Power utility company Light, which already uses FR3® in its…

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Soybean/Cotton Field Day a Success

Over 50 farmers and sales reps gathered in Scotland Neck yesterday for a Soybean/Cotton Field Day.  A foggy morning turned into a hot day but that didn’t stop us. For the soybean part, Dr. Jim Dunphy discussed variety selection and planting date. Fifteen different RoundUp Ready varieties were on display for folks to look at.…

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China Trade Team Visits N.C.

Representatives of China’s top soy processors visited North Carolina on Friday – Saturday Aug. 26-27.  The trade team was on a multi-state U.S. tour organized by the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC.)  The team had an unforgettable experience on the Fleming Brothers farm in Halifax County and at the Ram Albemarle Club on the Roanoke…

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Benefits of Cover Crops

There are many benefits to adding cover crops into a rotation, including the potential for increased profit, reduced inputs, reduction in herbicide use, improved water filtration and erosion control and runoff prevention. Learn more in THIS ARTICLE about why cover crops are worth considering.

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What Can Drones Do For You?

Drones are impressive technology to be sure, but how can farmers use them to be more effective? They can be useful in scouting for weeds and pests, measuring crop health, monitoring water damage and evaluating weather damage just for starters. Learn more about how drones can help improve efficiency in THIS ARTICLE from USB and…

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Enhancing Effectiveness Through Sprayer Technology

Sprayer technologies, including variable-rate application technologies, sensors and control systems for site-specific crop management, can help farmers improve effectiveness while reducing inputs and costs. THIS ARTICLE FROM USB explores technological advances in spraying technology, how the advances benefit farmers and new technologies on the horizon in a Q&A with Joe Luck, Ph.D., assistant professor of…

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Checkoff Builds Demand for Soy

U.S. soy has grown significantly since the formation of the checkoff in 1991. The value of the U.S. crop has grown from $11 billion then to almost quadruple that in 2014 at $40 billion. The increase has been fueled by an increase in demand, due in part to the efforts of the checkoff to create…

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Hundreds Attend Blackland Farm Managers Tour

Hundreds of farmers congregated at Middle Creek Farms in Engelhard for the annual Black Land Farm Managers Association Tour.  Despite a heavy rainfall the night before, farm owner Dawson Pugh had the vast demonstration plot area in great condition.  Dr. Jim Dunphy has the “Cadillac” max yield trial on this site, and Dr. Dunphy presented…

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