Optimizing Planting Date and Maturity Group

Soybean producers and consultants have been trying to push the yield limits on modern, high-yielding soybean varieties in recent years. One means of improving yields is by being strategic about planting timing and maturity group selection, which play a major role in achieving maximum yield potential in a given year. Weather is ultimately the driving…

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Onslow County Ag Day

During the recent COVID-19 pandemic virus many ag events throughout North Carolina were cancelled.  One such annual event was the Onslow County Ag Days and some 800 students across the county attended the two-day session on a local farm.  “Many school kids look forward to spring school tours.  It is an educational way to connecting…

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Off-Target Dicamba Injury

  Given all the publicity off-target dicamba injury has gotten over the last few weeks, I thought it would be an appropriate time to share some videos we made with Crop Science professor Dr. Wes Everman last season. In the first two videos, Anthony Grove, an NCSU Master’s student under the direction of Dr. Wes…

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Now is the Time to Consider Varieties as Seed Selections Are Made

Please check out the 2015 North Carolina Soybean Variety Information at: http://soybeans.ces.ncsu.edu/2015-north-carolina-soybean-variety-information/ “This is a reworking of the last five years of OVT data to help answer farmers’ questions. It includes yields for all locations, yields planted early or late, yields projected for a 20-, 40-, or 60-Bu/A environment, which varieties have resistance to frogeye…

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Not Too Far Out

At the North Carolina Agriculture & Biotechnology Summit on November 18-19, thought-provoking speakers explored the intersection of science, politics and economic development in the biotechnology industry. There was a healthy component of farmer participation on the podium, but unfortunately not enough farmers were able to attend to push the coffee break discussions towards addressing the…

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Non-Foliar Yield Enhancements

Last week we tackled foliar yield enhancements so this week we’re changing gears just slightly and tackling non-foliar yield products. Various non-foliar yield enhancement products are available to North Carolina soybean producers. Profit margins are currently narrow for soybeans and much thought should go into the potential yield advantages and associated costs from the use…

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No Simple Answers on How to Feed the World

A special report titled “Feeding the World” in a recent issue of The Economist magazine examined how we will cope with world food production in the coming decades. The report concluded that the focus on a “food crisis” has produced competing perspectives on the main problems with food and agriculture, and led to different proposals…

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Nitrogen Applications in Soybeans

Last week we discussed some basics of soybean fertility (catch up here if you missed it). We know how important sufficient levels of P and K are but do soybeans need N upfront or in-season? Unlike most of our other crops soybeans have the ability to obtain their own nitrogen through N fixation. N fixation is…

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Nine Farmers Elected to Soybean Board

The North Carolina Soybean Producers Association elected nine members to serve a three-year term on its board of directors at its 47th annual meeting in Durham, N.C. on Jan. 17, 2014. Directors on the state soybean board are responsible for overseeing the soybean checkoff-funded research, marketing and communications work of the association, as well as…

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