Using Data to Find the Best Varieties

Farmers know that data technology can help them understand and respond to the needs of their fields, whether it be through soil moisture censors, yield monitors or aerial imagery. Data can also help with seed selection. Recently the winner of Asgrow’s 2015 yield contest in Illinois, Aaron Niebrugge, answered questions about how he utilizes data…

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Start Thinking About Variety Selection Now

  Proper variety selection is one of the first steps in producing a high-yielding crop. Each variety has specific strengths and weaknesses that make it more or less suited for a given environment. Maturity group, yield potential, disease tolerance, and herbicide technology are all important to consider when selecting a variety.       Potential…

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Know How to Use Your Soil Test Results

Collecting soil samples is just the first step in a nutrient management plan. The results from those samples need to be reviewed and decisions made about what types of fertilizers should be added. While the soil test report can look overwhelming at first, the NCDA actually does a pretty good job of presenting results and…

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Steps to Take Now for a Successful 2017

Now that harvest is coming to a close, preparation for next season begins. The off season is a great time to take steps now to improve crops for next year. THIS ARTICLE from USB provides seven post harvest tasks to be better prepared for spring planting, including soil sampling, updating your nutrient management plan, taking…

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Wrapping Up 2016

With over 80% of North Carolina soybeans out of the field, the 2016 season is officially winding down. 2016 was a tough year for many with extensive drought in the west, and drought followed by flooding in the east. Thankfully, it sounds like statewide yields aren’t as bad as originally thought. NCDA’s November estimate has…

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Using Grain Storage to Add Value

Especially when commodity prices are low, grain storage can help farmers maximize the value of their crop. However, there is added risk involved with storing grain. Today, technology can help monitor and manage stored grain more closely to remove some of the risk. LEARN MORE IN THIS ARTICLE about grain storage technology options from USB.

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The Value of Soil Testing

Soil fertility is one of the most important components to soybean management, yet many growers only have a general idea of their soil nutrient needs. Since soybeans are thought of as rotational crop by many North Carolina growers, the importance of assessing and meeting the fertility needs of the crop is often overlooked. Regular and…

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Steps to Store Grain Safely

On-farm grain storage can be a valuable asset to farmers, allowing them to weather market fluctuations and sell grain when market conditions are right. However, the capacity for storage also creates the need to ensure that up to a full year of grain and the resulting income is stored safely and yields are protected. THIS…

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NCSU Ag Day 2016

Every day is Ag Day in North Carolina, but on November 19th, farmers & agricultural leaders were recognized for their contributions to the state at the NCSU Wolfpack versus Miami football game. The North Carolina Soybean Producers Association was a proud sponsor of the 4th Annual Ag Day at N.C. State University. NCSPA had booths…

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Fall Weed & Disease Mapping

With things finally starting to dry out across much of the state the 2016 harvest is in full swing for many growers. Getting harvest completed is obviously the top priority, but it is also time to start preparing for next season. The first step in planning for next season is making notes on this season’s…

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