Weed Problems Can Cause Insect Problems

Many farmers do not realize that weeds that are not managed can also cause problems with insect pests. Insects feed on alternative host sources before going into soybeans when they start to bloom. Some insects may have three generations built up in weeds before soybeans are vulnerable. Learn more in THIS ARTICLE about what can…

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Fungicide Timing

As many of our beans move into reproductive stages, now is the time to begin scouting for disease and thinking about fungicide applications. If, when and how often to apply fungicides are questions all soybean growers face. To help answer these questions the NCSPA sponsored research with a group of crop consultants in eastern N.C.…

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10 Things To Consider To Maximize Yield

The NCSPA has widely published information from research studies that have shown increases in yield in N.C. conditions, such as in THIS ARTICLE from June of 2016. Many farmers are already implementing practices these or other practices that will improve yields. However, it’s always good to have a reminder of things that can be easily…

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Keep Dicamba Drift From Becoming a Problem

A number of dicamba drift situations, primarily tobacco and soybean, have been observed in recent days.  Crop sensitivity to dicamba varies, but all broadleaf crops are sensitive.  Tobacco, soybeans, other beans and peas, sweetpotato, and grapes are extremely sensitive.  Cotton, peanuts, and vegetable crops, including peppers, tomato, watermelon, cucumber, cantaloupe, and squash, are somewhat less…

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Identifying Soybean Problems During Reproductive Stages

Many issues can occur in soybeans during the reproductive stages, such as evidence of insect feeding, stunted pods or damage or discoloration. READ THIS ARTICLE from USB for some common issues, as well as possible causes to help diagnose the problem and take steps to address it.         Image from: http://graincrops.blogspot.com/2013/08/frogeye-leaf-spot-of-soybean-active.html

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Time to Start Scouting for Pod-Feeders

As much of the soybean crop begins to move into reproductive stages, it’s time to start scouting for pod feeding insects. Our common pod feeding insects include corn earworm and stink bugs. In some areas of the state, stink bugs seem to be a real problem this year.  And, corn earworm traps across the state…

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Field Day Season is Here

August is here which means field day season is gearing up. Getting in the field to look at research plots can help you start thinking about things you want to implement in your operations for 2017. Field days provide a great opportunity to see the latest trends in soybean production, as well as many other…

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Herbicide Resistance Risk Fact Sheet

The risk of weeds developing resistance to a herbicide site of action is determined by how the herbicide is used and the frequency of resistance mutations in weeds. The more a site of action is used, the greater the risk of resistance. LEARN MORE IN THIS NEW FACT SHEET from USB.

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NCSPA Sponsors Touch-A-Tractor

The NCSPA worked with North Hills shopping center in Raleigh again this year to hold the Touch-A-Tractor event on August 1. The event, for children and their parents, provided the opportunity to learn about soybeans and farming, meet soybean farmers and sit on a tractor. The association hosted many activities, including painting with toy tractors,…

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Time to Scout for Disease

With over 75% of the North Carolina soybean crop flowering and 50% setting pods, now is the time to start thinking about how disease pressure may affect your crop. Getting in the field and looking for foliar or stem diseases is critical to determining what diseases are present and if a fungicide application is needed.…

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