Time to Start Thinking About Variety Selection

Proper variety selection is one of the first steps in producing a high-yielding, healthy crop. Choosing an appropriate variety is one of the most important decisions a soybean producer will make and one of the hardest because there are so many varieties available. Each variety has specific strengths and weaknesses that make it more- or…

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Crop Rotation Matters

Rotation should be viewed as a way to maintain or increase profits and improve soil cropping conditions. Although labor, equipment, and soil type all may limit the types of crops you can grow, rotation is still an essential component of any management plan. Whether your operation grows a few crops or many, crop rotation needs…

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Getting Soil Ready for Higher Yields

After harvest is a great time to make sure soil is in the best condition to generate the highest yields possible for the upcoming season. It is key to make sure there are no nutrient deficiencies, so soil must be tested for nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Deficiencies must be remedied to grow an optimal crop.…

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The Weed Resistance Cycle

Whether you’re battling pigweed, horseweed, or ragweed, herbicide-resistant weeds have declared war on farmers in North Carolina and across the United States. With the number of species and types of chemistries with resistance continuing to grow, it will take all weapons available to defend our farms. But replacing one herbicide chemistry with the next won’t…

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What Is Your Yield Monitor Telling You

With harvest in full swing, farmers are spending lots of time in their combines with their eyes on their yield monitor. The NCSPA and USB invest checkoff funding in research each year to help farmers protect and improve yield. One example of this is USB’s high yield project, which has identified yield-limiting factors and management…

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Sample for Nematodes Now

Fall is the time to think about nematode numbers in your fields. Nematodes are microscopic roundworms which may feed on the roots of plants. There are hundreds of different species of nematodes, but most are not economically important. Two that are of economic importance to North Carolina growers are root-knot nematode (RKN) and soybean cyst…

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Thinking About Cover Crops?

    Interest in cover crops is increasing as a number of groups have demonstrated higher yields and improved soil health from incorporating them into an operation. But adopting cover crops is not a one-size-fits-all solution for growers and there many different options that may provide different benefits for different operations.   Cover crops have…

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Fall Weed Management

        Sitting in the combine is the perfect time to start thinking about weed control for 2018. Some things that can be done this fall to give you a jumpstart on weed control for next season include: 1. Mapping and scouting your fields. The view from the combine seat allows you to…

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