Are You Planting at the Right Depth?

Soybean growers need to be careful about how deep they plant their seeds this growing season because, if not, they may see delayed emergence or even decreased yields. Michigan State University (MSU) researchers say that generally, soybeans should be planted at shallower depths, between 1 and 1.5 inches deep, under the following conditions: Early planting…

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Are You Making Weed Management Mistakes?

Weed scientists often see farmers making similar weed management mistakes. Fewer herbicide options and more herbicide resistant weeds make it critical to understand where the pitfalls are and how to avoid them. Here are some of the common mistakes and how to avoid them: Fewer herbicide options combined with more herbicide-resistant weeds could equal disaster…

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Are You Making Weed Management Mistakes?

Weed scientists often see farmers making the same mistakes when managing their fields. Common ones include: Applying herbicides when weeds are too tall Not using residual herbicides or not using them at adequate rates in pre-plant/pre-emergence programs Applying herbicides at rates lower than the labeled minimum Using ineffective herbicides for weeds that are in the…

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Are NC Soybean Yields Increasing?

    2017 was a good year for soybeans in North Carolina and across the Southern US. We tied our state record yield of 40 bushels/acre and nine counties averaged 45 bushels/acre or more. Kudos to all of the farmers and agronomists who worked hard all season to make this happen (along with some favorable…

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Are Harvest Aids a Good Choice?

As the end of the growing season nears, many growers are anxious to get their soybeans out of the field and into a bin where they are safe from the elements (especially after Matthew last year). Once soybeans are physiologically mature, nothing good is going to happen to them in the field. In addition, there…

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Are Fungicides Worth The Cost?

This post is the third article in a series reporting the results of a research project funded by the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association through the soy checkoff to begin to answer the question “are fungicide applications a smart investment?” To do so, the project examined the cost of each product coupled with the application…

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Answering Consumer Questions About Agriculture

Today’s consumers have many questions about how food is grown and plenty of misperceptions to go with them. And, there is no one better to answer these questions than farmers. The NCSPA participates in many activities where farmers have conversations with consumers about food and farming, including Ag Day at N.C.State University, Meet the Farmer…

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Annual N.C. Soybean Research Scholarships Awarded

The 2018 North Carolina Soybean Research Scholarship recipients have been named. These scholarships funded by the NCSPA through the checkoff are awarded annually to N.C. State University students majoring in agriculture or related fields. To qualify, students must demonstrate how their studies and work experiences will impact soybean production and/or research in their future careers.…

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Annual Commodities Conference This Week

Don’t miss the 2017 NC Commodities Conference, this week, Jan. 11-13, 2017, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Conference Center in Durham, N.C. It is the joint meeting of the soybean, corn, cotton, and small grains associations. The conference will include keynote speakers, Dr. Kevin Folta, a noted biotech communicator and proponent of GMO’s, and…

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All About Pigweed

Palmer Amaranth or pigweed is one of the most difficult weeds to manage. Is it a problem in your fields? Here are some tips to help: Consider planting LibertyLink soybeans. Controlling herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth in Roundup Ready soybeans has been a challenge, but LibertyLink soybeans offer more flexibility. Start clean! Make sure that all herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth…

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