What One Soy Customer Looks for in Sustainability

It is important to many companies who buy and use soy in their products that the soy be sustainable. These companies have sustainability goals because their customers demand it, so in turn they seek to buy soy and other products that are sustainably produced. CLICK HERE to read an interview with Rachel Grantham, an agronomist…

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Congratulations Soy Scholarship Winners!

Six undergraduate students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University will receive annual soy scholarships sponsored by the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association.  The purpose of the awards is to create academic opportunities for students to do work in soy production, research and marketing. “Training young people to work…

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Soybean Fertility

  Soybeans have long been viewed as a “rotational crop” in North Carolina, and proper fertilization programs for soybeans are often ignored. But, an interest in the production of high-yielding soybeans has stimulated interest in maximizing soybean yield via proper fertilization. There is also interest in in-season nutrient applications to help boost yields.    …

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New Soy Products Ready for the Farm

The Checkoff invests in developing new products to increase demand for U.S. soy. Those products have paid big dividends in recent years with the release of many new products, including household products such as adhesive for kitchen cabinetry, soaps and shampoos within the last year alone. Also commercialized recently were some products that bring the…

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Farmer Volunteers Lead the Community

North Carolina has perhaps the best-organized farmer community in the United States.  The state is home to dozens of commodity boards and grower associations.  Farmers are able to volunteer their time and leadership skills for these boards and associations as well as serve on elected and appointed county, state and federal boards and commissions.  Volunteering…

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The Basics of Seed Treatments

The usage of seed treatment products has grown significantly since the 1990s and technology is helping to improve them. However, there are many considerations with whether or not to use them, will they be profitable, when are they needed, etc. THIS ARTICLE from USB answers some of these questions in a discussion with Alison Robertson,…

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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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Fungicide Classification Chart Available

Now that USB’s Take Action program has expanded to include efforts to combat fungicide resistance as well as herbicide resistance, a new fungicide classification chart has been created as a companion to the popular herbicide classification chart. Farmers have found the herbicide classification charts to be very useful and the fungicide chart should prove to…

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2017 Management Decisions – Weed Control

Up this week is part three of our management decisions series. If you missed the posts on planting populations or planting date, catch up here and here. While deciding on the optimum seeding rate and planting date for your operation are important, without proper weed control none of those decisions matter. Weed management is a…

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2017 Sporting Clays Challenge Winners

Congratulations to Phillip Gregory of the Strickland Farming Group team for his winning score of 92 at the 2017 NC SoyPAC Sporting Clays Challenge. The annual tournament was held at Drake Landing in Fuquay-Varina on April 7th.  Shooters had to contend with gusting winds but several managed to post excellent individual scores. Top team honors…

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CEO Position Announcement

North Carolina Soybean Producers Association Position Announcement Applications are being accepted for the position of CEO of the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association.  Please see the position description below for specific responsibilities or download it here [CEO Position Announcement Mar 2017] The North Carolina Soybean Producers Association, Inc. is a farmer-owned, farmer-led non-profit organization that…

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Steps to Take Now for a Profitable 2017

With planting season upon us, it’s time to make sure steps are in place for profitability in 2017. Some considerations are data analysis, adding and testing technology, weed management, fertilizer application and reviewing revenue and expenses. Read THIS ARTICLE from USB for more.  

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