Breaking Down Big Data

Recent advancements in precision agriculture  and data analytics have paved the way for the next important step forward in agriculture: incorporating big data on the farm. While the idea of using big data for agriculture may sound complex, it boils down to analyzing all the data generated on the farm to reveal insightful patterns and…

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BeSure! Campaign

A campaign called BeSure! was launched this Spring to promote best-management practices to farmers and applicators who use neonic products. The campaign was launched by a coalition committed to neonicotinoid product stewardship called Growing Matters. It reminds farmers and applicators to: Be sure to always read and follow the label when using treated seed Be…

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Benefits of Crop Rotation

Everyone knows there are many benefits to crop rotation and have probably learned about its impact on sustainable farming, but a new research study sheds more light on the subject. New research from Michigan State University shows that crop rotation increases the function of soil microbial communities that benefit plant growth. It also improves soil…

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Benefits of Cover Crops

There are many benefits to adding cover crops into a rotation, including the potential for increased profit, reduced inputs, reduction in herbicide use, improved water filtration and erosion control and runoff prevention. Learn more in THIS ARTICLE about why cover crops are worth considering.

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Beans on Capitol Hill

Growers from N.C. took on Capitol Hill again last week to advocate for farmers and key agricultural issues in the state. Six board members made the trip to the nation’s Capital including Jimmy Thomas, Jeff Tyson, Greg Manning, Chris Naylor, and Michael McPherson. Angela Berben had been a participant in the American Soybean Association’s Leadership…

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Be on the Lookout for Asiatic Soybean Rust

With Tropical Storm Hermine coming through North Carolina last weekend, Dr. Jim Dunphy warns there is a good chance of rust spores coming into North Carolina. As the storm crossed the Florida panhandle there is a chance it picked up and carried rust spores to our state as it passed through. In the next two…

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Back-to-Back Soybeans

              A disclaimer before we start: We do NOT recommend planting soybeans back-to-back year after year. Planting any crop back-to-back year after year increases the potential for pests and problems to build up. You may not see these problems after one year, but eventually, something will become an issue…

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