Benefits of Cover Crops

There are many benefits to adding cover crops into a rotation, including the potential for increased profit, reduced inputs, reduction in herbicide use, improved water filtration and erosion control and runoff prevention. Learn more in THIS ARTICLE about why cover crops are worth considering.

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Are You Making Weed Management Mistakes?

Weed scientists often see farmers making the same mistakes when managing their fields. Common ones include: Applying herbicides when weeds are too tall Not using residual herbicides or not using them at adequate rates in pre-plant/pre-emergence programs Applying herbicides at rates lower than the labeled minimum Using ineffective herbicides for weeds that are in the…

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Are Fungicides Worth The Cost?

This post is the third article in a series reporting the results of a research project funded by the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association through the soy checkoff to begin to answer the question “are fungicide applications a smart investment?” To do so, the project examined the cost of each product coupled with the application…

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Answering Consumer Questions About Agriculture

Today’s consumers have many questions about how food is grown and plenty of misperceptions to go with them. And, there is no one better to answer these questions than farmers. The NCSPA participates in many activities where farmers have conversations with consumers about food and farming, including Ag Day at N.C.State University, Meet the Farmer…

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Annual Commodities Conference This Week

Don’t miss the 2017 NC Commodities Conference, this week, Jan. 11-13, 2017, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Conference Center in Durham, N.C. It is the joint meeting of the soybean, corn, cotton, and small grains associations. The conference will include keynote speakers, Dr. Kevin Folta, a noted biotech communicator and proponent of GMO’s, and…

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Ag Day at N.C. State

The NCSPA sponsored Ag Day at the N.C. State vs. Marshall football game on Sept. 9  and participated in the CALS Tailgate. It was a great day to talk to folks about soybeans and farming at the association’s booth in both the Fan Zone at the game and at the Tailgate event. In the Fan…

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Ag at the Ball Park

NCSPA, board members, staff and other guests enjoyed celebrating agriculture last night at the Durham Bulls game vs. the Columbus Clippers. The Bulls did not win the game, but agriculture did because thousands of fans got to learn a little more about what farmers do and how important agriculture is to North Carolina. These messages…

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A New Way Forward for the Farm Bill?

People in the mainstream of the political spectrum are talking about an option to advance the 2013 Farm Bill by splitting off the Nutrition Title as separate legislation. This solution was not long ago only being talked about on the far end of the spectrum, but now is being mulled over by the policy leaders…

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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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2017 Data Added to Variety Selection Tool

Proper variety selection is one of the most important steps a soybean producer can make. It is important to devote some time to selecting the proper variety as this decision is one of the first steps to maximizing yields. If we compare the top 10% of soybean varieties grown within a single maturity group at…

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