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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Export Terminals Improving to Keep Up with Export Demand

Soy Transportation Coalition sees improvements in Pacific Northwest infrastructure Twenty-five percent of all U.S. soybeans are exported through Pacific Northwest ports; a majority of these beans eventually make their way to China. And with China’s seemingly insatiable appetite for soy continuing to increase, these ports are staying on the cutting edge of technology to make

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Evaluating Production Practices on Your Farm

Continuing to improve soybean yields and increase profits requires constant research to fine-tune production systems. This includes research at our traditional levels like university, industry and consultant partners but it also includes research with innovative growers. One of the best ways for you to determine if a new product or practice is right for your operation…

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Evaluating Plant Stands

We’re excited #plant18 is finally well underway in North Carolina. April was cooler and wetter than normal, but things have dried out in May, meaning many of you are in the tractor seat planting as hard as you can go. NCDA is reporting that about 25% of the soybean crop is already in the ground.…

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Estimating Soybean Yields

As the end of the season draws near we’ve gotten some questions about estimating soybean yields. For some, this is because their crop looks good and they are excited to see what their yields may be, while for others this is because they are prepping themselves for disappointment, as weeks of dry weather have taken…

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Essential Food & Agriculture Employee Form

COVID-19 has changed how much of the world operates over the past two weeks. But one thing that has not changed is the considerable workload that farmers face this time of year. Last week, with encouragement from many national grower associations, including the American Soybean Association, the Department of Homeland Security declared agriculture as a…

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EPA Public Comment Period for Dicamba

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) solicited public comments on the registration of Monsanto’s new dicamba formulation premixed with glyphosate to use in Monsanto’s Xtend trait systems in soybean and cotton. Although in commercial use for years, the use of dicamba in Monsanto’s Xtend seed trait system requires a new, separate registration. The public comment period is open from Apr.1 – May 31. Public…

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