Regional Conservation Grant for Some NC Soybean Growers

      Soybean growers in Pitt, Green, Lenoir, Wayne, Duplin, Sampson, and Robeson counties are eligible to apply for a Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) grant program through your NRCS office. This special program, called SmithfieldGro was begun by Smithfield Foods and the Environmental defense fund to help grain farmers improve their productivity, profitability,…

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Reducing Harvest Loss in Soybeans

You have spent the entire season caring for your soybean crop, hoping to produce the best crop possible. After all the time and inputs spent on the crop, too much is at risk to do a poor job harvesting. Spending a little time on combine efficiency may help increase yields by up to 10%. Studies…

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Reduced Seed Quality Means Seed Treatments a Must

According to Yadkin County farmer Kevin Matthews, speaking to a reporter from Southern Farm Network following the 2016 Soybean Producers Forum on Feb. 5, seed quality issues with the maturity group fives, sixes and sevens means that seed treatments are an absolute must.  The Forum was held at the Southern Farm Show in Raleigh. According…

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Reaping the Economic Benefits of Sustainable Farming

Many farmers across the country are already implementing a variety of sustainable farming practices, although many don’t recognize it. In the process, those farmers and the many others who are making a conscious effort to be more sustainable are seeing the economic benefits of their efforts. While there can be some original cost associated with …

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Q & As for Managing Weeds during Planting

The United Soybean Board recently published an article entitled “6 Questions to Keep in Mind for Managing Weeds during Planting”, addressing weed management strategies to use both before and during planting. Recommendations include applying full herbicide rate, timing, and rotating modes of action. Click link below for more information: http://unitedsoybean.org/article/6-questions-to-keep-in-mind-for-managing-weeds-during-planting/ Also check out NC Soybean…

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Project Works to Improve Water Management

  Regardless of the crops we grow or work with, the one thing we all have in common in the ag industry is complaining about the weather. It’s either too wet, or too dry or too hot, or too cold. When talking soybeans specifically, water stress (either too much or too little) is one of…

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Production Resources at Your Fingertips

Check out these production resources created by USB, including: The Extreme Beans App that has two calculators to help farmers plan for their crop A Fieldprint calculator to determine an operation’s impact on sustainability The Focus on Soybeans webcast featuring the latest production practices and research. CLICK HERE to access them all.

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Preventing Spray Drift

Herbicide-resistant weeds have become more prevalent and the importance of using multiple modes of action to manage them has increased. It is vital that products are applied according to the label and with stewardship in mind, so that spray drift doesn’t damage neighboring crops. Managing spray drift is critical to preventing herbicide injury on non-target…

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Prepare for Planting Day

The 5+ inches of rain much of the state saw this week has put a hold on planting for a few days, but you can use this time to make sure you are ready to start (or continue) planting when things dry out. As Dr. Heinniger says, “Planting day is the most important day of…

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