Soybean Rust Update 2016

From the office of Jim Dunphy, Crop Science Extension Specialist (Soybeans) and Lindsey Thiessen, Extension Plant Pathologist Asiatic Soybean Rust has been confirmed in Tift County, Georgia, earlier today, on soybeans in a Sentinel plot.  This is the first find of rust on soybeans in Georgia this year, and is approximately 260 miles from Murphy, NC,…

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Soybean Stands in Wet Weather

    Certain parts of the state have seen 10+ inches of rain in the last 30 days (compared to our normal 3-4”). With the rain certain parts have seen in the last few weeks, it might have been tough to get in the field. But if you did get beans in the ground in between…

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Soybean/Cotton Field Day a Success

Over 50 farmers and sales reps gathered in Scotland Neck yesterday for a Soybean/Cotton Field Day.  A foggy morning turned into a hot day but that didn’t stop us. For the soybean part, Dr. Jim Dunphy discussed variety selection and planting date. Fifteen different RoundUp Ready varieties were on display for folks to look at.…

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Soybeans on the Hill

Five growers from NC made the trip to Washington, DC this week to spend time with the state’s Representatives and Senators. The trip was a part of the American Soybean Association’s summer board meeting that included a day of Capitol Hill visits. NC’s ASA Representative Jimmy Thomas, NCSPA Secretary Gary Hendrix, NC SoyPAC Chair Michael…

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Start Thinking About Variety Selection Now

  Proper variety selection is one of the first steps in producing a high-yielding crop. Each variety has specific strengths and weaknesses that make it more or less suited for a given environment. Maturity group, yield potential, disease tolerance, and herbicide technology are all important to consider when selecting a variety.       Potential…

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Stem Canker

Stem canker is a fungal disease that occurs sporadically from year to year in North Carolina. Infection is dependent on favorable weather conditions, specifically prolonged wet weather early in the season. Stem canker is caused by fungi in the genus Diaporthe. Infection by the fungus occurs early in the season, during the early vegetative stages…

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Steps to Store Grain Safely

On-farm grain storage can be a valuable asset to farmers, allowing them to weather market fluctuations and sell grain when market conditions are right. However, the capacity for storage also creates the need to ensure that up to a full year of grain and the resulting income is stored safely and yields are protected. THIS…

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