Hundreds Attend Blackland Farm Managers Tour

Hundreds of farmers congregated at Middle Creek Farms in Engelhard for the annual Black Land Farm Managers Association Tour.  Despite a heavy rainfall the night before, farm owner Dawson Pugh had the vast demonstration plot area in great condition.  Dr. Jim Dunphy has the “Cadillac” max yield trial on this site, and Dr. Dunphy presented…

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How Will Grain Dealers Treat Flooded Grain?

How to grade, handle and market flooded grain?  There may not be an opportunity, according to the federal Food and Drug Administration, if toxins and contaminants are present.  Soybeans submerged in flood waters originating off the farm are considered by the U.S. FDA to be adulterated and unfit for consumption.  Farmers should discuss this with…

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How to Use Soil Test Results

Are you soil sampling on your farm? That is the first and crucial step in understanding the soil in your fields and being able to maximize potential. But, it is only the first step in the process. With the results in hand, what is next? Nutrient management is not a one-season process. Results across seasons…

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How to Handle Flooded Grain

As flood waters begin to recede and you are able to get back in flooded fields and assess damage to crops the question of “how bad do my soybeans look” and “do I have to harvest my flooded soybeans” will be on a lot of minds. The first step will be to document everything. This…

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How to Cut Machinery Repair Costs

Want to keep your machinery repair costs down? The best way is to have a plan in place for maintenance and repair, which will also minimize losses due to down-time. Some tips to do this are: Learn about your equipment and understand the regular maintenance recommended. Use a checklist to ensure service work and regular…

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How To Apply Nutrients on a Budget

Soil fertility is important, and maintaining it is a long-term investment, even when bean prices trend lower. While on a budget, you’ll want to follow the tips below to help enhance or maintain future yields through soil fertility: Follow your soil-test recommendations Consider alternative nutrient-application methods Make sure your soil pH is correct Don’t spend…

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How Technology Can Lead to More Profit

Adding technology and getting more data on your farm can help increase yields, decrease costs and increase profit, but you have to know how to take advantage of the data you receive. Learn more about some of the types of data farmers can take advantage of and the way they can use technology on the…

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Homegrown in the Park in Alamance County

The NCSPA was on hand at Alamance County Farm Bureau’s Homegrown in the Park on Apr. 27. The event, held in Burlington City Park, celebrated the county’s agricultural heritage and the future of ag industry there. Many commodity associations had exhibits at the event, including the NCSPA. Board member, Michael McPherson, and his wife Renee,…

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Herbicide Trait Options for 2020

The 2020 growing season brings a number of options when it comes to herbicide-tolerant technology. With different traits available, herbicide trait technology is a critical part of the variety selection decision. Growers must weigh many factors, namely weed management, risk tolerance and overall profitability, when deciding which herbicide trait package is the best fit for…

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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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