As farmers, we are often asked questions about our farming practices or how food is grown.This information is important to consumers and it’s important to answer their questions, and there’s no one better to answer them than the people who grow the food. As you tell your story, however, remember it’s important to use terms…Details
Harvest time will soon be here, and experts say the key to getting the highest yields possible is to make sure your combine is ready to be as efficient as possible. This includes making sure you have sharp sickles, that concaves and shoe sickles are set right and that the fans are set properly. Read…Details
An ever growing concern for U.S. consumers is the safety and sustainability of the food that is grown here at home. A recent survey showed that consumers are often unsure about what sustainable practices are being used. When giving a statement about today’s farmers and ranchers being sustainable, only 59% of men and 37% of women agreed.Continue reading…Details
Many of you are probably familiar with the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association’s effort to eliminate herbicide resistant weeds, Weed Free NC. This campaign promotes taking a zero tolerance approach to getting rid of these weeds from pre-season field preparation and the use of pre-emergent products to post-emergent products before weeds are too large to…Details
The North Carolina Soybean Producers Association has conducted numerous community outreach events this summer, reaching almost a thousand children at our regular Meet the Farmer event at Marbles Kids Museum, four agritourism farms around the state and multiple summer camps, mostly through extension offices. Laura Rogers, the association’s Community Outreach Coordinator has traveled to over…Details
At the United Nations Third International Conference on Financing for Development, the Food and Agriculture Organization director-general, José Graziano Da Silva, stated that the upcoming generation has the prospect to become the first “Zero Hunger Generation” in history. While to UN estimates that it will need another $267 billion annually to fight against rural and…Details
Soybean cyst nematode is prevalent in North Carolina and is the number one soybean disease in the U.S., resulting in yield losses of more than 100 million bushels per year across the country. Read this article for the signs and symptoms of SCN, as well as to get tips on how to manage it: http://unitedsoybean.org/article/what-lies-beneath/.
Dr. Dominic Reisig, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in Entomology at N.C. State University has made some changes to his recommendations regarding the best insecticides to use for soybean looper based on spray trials in recent years. He now recommends Intrepid Edge, Tracer/Blackhawk and Steward for the best control in the Blacklands area. Make sure…Details
The North Carolina Soybean Producers Association is seeking applicants for the permanent, full time position of Research Coordinator to lead the association’s research effort. The position is based in Raleigh, North Carolina and works with the association’s board, research committee and staff to manage strategic investments in soybean research projects. The position is responsible for…Details
Many farmers don’t realize it, but they were sustainable long before people started paying attention to it the way they do today. From crop rotation and tillage to water management and nutrient management, here are just a few facts about how sustainable U.S. soy farmers really are: http://unitedsoybean.org/article/eight-statistics-that-prove-u-s-soybean-farmers-are-sustainable/.Details
Everyone knows scouting for insects is an important part of best farm management practices and helps to minimize yield losses, but what do experts recommend in terms of scouting? Read this article from the United Soybean Board to find out: http://unitedsoybean.org/article/researchers-weigh-in-on-top-three-insect-scouting-tips-to-minimize-yield-loss/.
Heading to Washington, D.C. this summer? Make sure to stop by the National Museum of American History’s newest exhibit called “American Enterprise”. The exhibit highlights the role of innovation and business in building America from the mid-1700s to today, and obviously a big part of that story is the role of agriculture. The soy checkoff…Details