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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Changes to the Dicamba Label for 2018

As we wrap up 2017, it’s also time to start planning for 2018. One of the most important decisions a grower can make is which varieties they will plant. An important part of selecting a variety is selecting which (if any) herbicide tolerance is used. If you decide to use the dicamba tolerance technology (Xtend…

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Helping Local Farms and Neighbors in Need

Developed by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation (NCWF), the Farmers and Communities Manage Deer (FCMD) project has successfully demonstrated that when farmers, sportsmen, and community groups work together, deer damage to crops can be reduced, farm income and community revenues can be improved, and high-quality ground meat can be efficiently processed and delivered to those…

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Soy’s Number One Customer: Animal Agriculture

Animal agriculture remains the largest customer of U.S. soy, and the checkoff works hard to meet the needs of the industry. The organization also works to protect market share in the face of growing competition from alternative feed ingredients and other soy-producing countries. Learn more about the impact animal ag has on the U.S., N.C.…

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Sonny Perdue Visits NC

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue was in North Carolina last week and representatives from the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association had the opportunity to attend two listening sessions with him. The visit was part of a multi-state listening tour focused on important agriculture and rural improvement issues. The first session was a panel at…

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