Four Ways to Trim Costs in 2016

With soybean prices predicted to be lower in 2016, it’s more important than ever for farmers to look at ways to lower costs. In fact, one farm management specialist from the University of Illinois recommends cutting costs by $100 per acre to remain profitable. Some areas to consider are farm machinery and capital purchases, fertilizer,…


The Benefits of Cover Crops

Everyone knows about the environmental benefits of cover crops, including reduced soil erosion. But, there are many other benefits to using cover crops that make them worth the investment. Weed control, grazing ground for animals and keeping nutrients from escaping are just a few. Learn more about the benefits of cover crops in this article…


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…


Responding to Soil Test Results

Recent articles in this blog have focused on the importance of soil testing in overall farm management practices, but how farmers respond to the nutrient deficiencies and imbalanced pH will make the difference in achieving yield goals. Click here to learn more about addressing pH and macronutrient concerns.

Join Us for the 27th Annual Commodities Conference

The NC Commodities Conference will begin this Wed., Jan. 13 and continue through Fri, Jan. 15, 2016 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham, NC.  It is the joint meeting of the Small Grains, Corn, Cotton, and Soybean Associations and will include vendor trade shows, commodity market outlook information, commodity extension specialist presentations, annual yield…


Cargill Announces New Program for Damaged Soybeans

Cargill announced today they will be offering a program to purchase damaged soybean at the Selma, N.C. location beginning tomorrow. The elevator bid details are: 0-30% Damage – Current bid and Regular schedule 30.1 -60% Damage – $5.40 (still subject to moisture, test weight, foreign matter and other discounts – not damage) 60.1-100% Damage –…