Seed Situation in N.C.

Soybean seed supply is limited for 2016 plantings.  The extremely limited supplies will be in maturity groups 6 and 7, and supplies of late group 5 seed may also be very tight.  Watch for announcements from the seed companies in the coming days about seed availability, germination rates, and incentives.  Expect some suppliers to tag seed…

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Seed Treatments – A Smart Investment?

Seed treatments have gained in popularity over the last few years, but are they a smart investment for soybean farmers? And if so, what kind of treatments are your best options? You are faced with many choices of products that can be placed on the seed. With millions of dollars are spent on seed treatments…

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Seeding Rate

Seed is one of the most expensive inputs for soybean growers, so it’s essential to plant the right amount of seed to minimize input costs while still maintaining high yields, especially in years like this year where prices are low, and margins are tight. Numerous seeding rate studies carried out across the U.S. suggest that…

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Seeing Lots of Friends at Northeast Ag Expo

The 2016 Northeast Ag Expo (ncneagexpo.com) on July 28 at the Lynn Hobbs farm in Hobbesville was a great event for learning and for seeing lots of our friends.  Thanks to the staff from the five counties for a thoughtful agenda and for finding such a well-tended location. Just to name a few of the…

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September 15 Soybean Rust Update

From Jim Dunphy, Crop Science Extension Specialist (Soybeans) and Lindsey Thiessen, Extension Plant Pathologist Asiatic Soybean Rust has been confirmed on soybeans in Bamberg County, SC, which is a little closer to some of our NC soybeans than had previously been confirmed.  This find is approximately  140 miles from Charlotte, 345 miles from Elizabeth City, 175 miles…

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September 22 Soybean Rust Update

  From Jim Dunphy, Crop Science Extension Specialist (Soybeans) and Lindsey Thiessen, Extension Plant Pathologist Although Asiatic Soybean Rust may be moving up the Mississippi River valley pretty rapidly, it seems to be moving more slowly up the east coast.  This week, rust was confirmed in Arkansas County, AR, Caldwell County, KY, and Williamson County, IL,…

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Setting the Stage For Success Next Year

2018 has been a challenging year for many North Carolina soybean producers and many are still harvesting, but as the season comes to a close it is never too early to start to think about putting practices in place to increase yields in 2019. Farmers should consider the following for their management plan as they…

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Should you be Tissue Sampling?

If you heard Randy Dowdy at the Annual NC Commodities Conference this year then you probably heard him say: “Don’t HOPE what’s going on, KNOW what’s going on.” Do you know what’s going on in your soybean plants each year? Do your soils have adequate fertility and more importantly are the plants able to access…

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Show Your Support for Ag at NC Ag Awareness Day

Make plans now to join Agriculture Commissioner Troxler, the N.C. Farm Bureau, commodity groups and more to bring awareness to the legislature about the importance of agriculture in North Carolina at Ag Awareness Day. The schedule for the day is: 9:00 a.m.: Shuttle buses run from the Exposition building at the N.C. State Fairgrounds to…

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