BeSure! Campaign

A campaign called BeSure! was launched this Spring to promote best-management practices to farmers and applicators who use neonic products. The campaign was launched by a coalition committed to neonicotinoid product stewardship called Growing Matters. It reminds farmers and applicators to: Be sure to always read and follow the label when using treated seed Be…

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Benefits of Crop Rotation

Everyone knows there are many benefits to crop rotation and have probably learned about its impact on sustainable farming, but a new research study sheds more light on the subject. New research from Michigan State University shows that crop rotation increases the function of soil microbial communities that benefit plant growth. It also improves soil…

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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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