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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USDA Deregulates Monsanto RR2 Xtend Soybean and Cotton Traits

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced its decision to deregulate Monsanto’s dicamba-tolerant trait technologies ― Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans and Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton. “This announcement marks an important milestone for farmers around the world,” says Robb Fraley, Monsanto’s chief technology officer. “Weeds represent a key pest to agriculture operations around the world…

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UPDATED: Processor Damage Thresholds

Due to accumulated damage on soybean, many growers are concerned about discounting and possible rejection at the point of sale. Cargill is currently accepting soybeans at the Fayetteville location with low damage of 5% or less. Cargill’s location at Selma in Johnston Co. is now open and is accepting beans with damage of 30% or…

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U.S. Soy Farmers & Sustainability

Many farmers don’t realize it, but they were sustainable long before people started paying attention to it the way they do today. From crop rotation and tillage to water management and nutrient management, here are just a few facts about how sustainable U.S. soy farmers really are:  http://unitedsoybean.org/article/eight-statistics-that-prove-u-s-soybean-farmers-are-sustainable/.  

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Tractors & Trains Festival

The NCSPA was on hand last weekend for the Tractors & Trains Festival at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer, N.C. to talk to attendees about farming and answer their questions about agriculture. Board member Jason Starnes and his wife, Robin, assisted outreach education coordinator, Laura Rogers, at the NCSPA exhibit and interacted with thousands…

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Tips To Be Safe During Planting Season

With everyone busy in the fields planting this time of year, a focus on safety is even more important. Please take a moment to remind yourself of these valuable safety tips from a recent United Soybean Board article and be safe out there! http://unitedsoybean.org/article/planting-safely-six-tips-for-avoiding-accidents-this-season-2/  

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Tips For Scouting Insects

Everyone knows scouting for insects is an important part of best farm management practices and helps to minimize yield losses, but what do experts recommend in terms of scouting? Read this article from the United Soybean Board to find out:  http://unitedsoybean.org/article/researchers-weigh-in-on-top-three-insect-scouting-tips-to-minimize-yield-loss/.

Time to Work on Disaster Recovery

We will post information on USDA Farm Service Agency, USDA Risk Management Agency, USDA Rural Development, USDA NRCS and other agencies and programs offering disaster assistance to farmers. Hurricane Matthew made a greater than anticipated impact on central and coastal North Carolina and with rivers and streams continuing to rise as floodwaters drain to the…

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