2018 Management Decisions – Row Spacing

Next up in our Management Decisions series we talk row spacing. But first, if you missed our articles on weed management, seeding rates, or planting date catch up by clicking the links. Row spacing is something we get a lot of questions about and the truth of the matter is a wide range of row…

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Getting the Most Out of Herbicide Applications

Want your herbicide applications to be as effective as possible? Here are a few tips. Know the weeds you are trying to control. Armed with the knowledge of what weeds are most problematic, you can use weed response tables and weed control guides, available through universities and companies, to make the best decisions. For post-emergence…

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2018 Management Decisions – Planting Date

This week we continue with our management decisions series. Thus far we’ve discussed weed management and seeding rates. If you missed it, catch up here and here. In part three of our management decisions series, we’re talking planting date. Before we get into some data, it’s important to remember soybeans tolerate a wide range of planting dates,…

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Weed Management Apps for Your Phone or Tablet

Check out seven new weed management apps that will put the power of enhanced weed control in your pocket: 1. Site of Action Lookup Tool Why: Quickly ID the site of action (SOA) of popular herbicides you are using or considering. To help you diversify your SOAs, this Take Action tool also provides you with a…

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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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