Farming Becoming More Diverse

The U.S. Ag Census shows that farming is becoming increasingly diverse. 30% of farmers are now women, either as primary or secondary operators, and the percent of minority farmers is increasing greatly. Of course, as this diversity continues to grow, it’s important to the United Soybean Board and the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association to…

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Farmers Share How They Take Advantage of Data

There is an ever-growing amount of technology and data available to help farmers be more efficient and more profitable. However, sometimes it can be difficult to know how to manage and use all the data available to make the best decisions. Check out THIS ARTICLE from USB sharing the stories of two farmers and their…

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Farmer Volunteers Lead the Community

North Carolina has perhaps the best-organized farmer community in the United States.  The state is home to dozens of commodity boards and grower associations.  Farmers are able to volunteer their time and leadership skills for these boards and associations as well as serve on elected and appointed county, state and federal boards and commissions.  Volunteering…

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Farm Safety Tips

Ways to be safe on the farm are always a good reminder, especially as the season starts to swing into high gear. Click on THIS ARTICLE for some helpful information to keep in mind to ensure farmers stay safe.

Farm Family Tracks Soybean Yield Growth Through Five Decades

It’s not often that three generations agree on what the future holds, but that’s exactly what happened when the owners of Meyer Farms recently discussed where they think soybean yield is headed. The Meyer family farms approximately 1,300 acres of soybeans near Carlisle, Ill. All three farmers in the family – George Meyer; his son,

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Fall Weed Management

        Sitting in the combine is the perfect time to start thinking about weed control for 2018. Some things that can be done this fall to give you a jumpstart on weed control for next season include: 1. Mapping and scouting your fields. The view from the combine seat allows you to…

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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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Fall is the Time to Sample for Nematodes

As we move into September, preparing for harvest is on everyone’s mind, but now is also the time to think about nematode numbers in your fields. Nematodes are microscopic roundworms which may feed on the roots of plants. There are hundreds of different species of nematodes, but most are not economically important. Two that are…

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Factors That Have the Biggest Impact on Yield

At this time of the year, farmers have their eye on yield monitors, and there will undoubtedly be some parts of fields that have higher yields than others. Why is this, what factors can lead to the greatest yield loss and what strategies can farmers use for the greatest return on investment? The High-Yield project…

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Extension Variety Trials to Include Soybeans in 2016

The Extension variety trials in the Blacklands counties of Beaufort, Hyde, Tyrrell and Washington will include soybeans this year.  According to Beaufort County Extension Director Rod Gurganus, agents will plant two or three replicated, small-plot trials in the region.  Seed companies are invited to enter up to two varieties per maturity group.  Entries can be…

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