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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August 19th Soybean Rust Update 2016

From the office of Jim Dunphy, Crop Science Extension Specialist (Soybeans) and Lindsey Thiessen, Extension Plant Pathologist This morning, Asiatic Soybean Rust was confirmed on soybeans in Colleton County, SC. One pustule was detected on one leaf out of 50 examined. The soybeans were at stage R4 (full length pods in the top four nodes of…

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Ask EPA to Raise RFS Volumes

EPA is currently accepting comments on its proposed 2019 Renewable Fuel Standards and 2020 Biomass-based Diesel Volume. The deadline for submitting comments is August 17. You can send a quick comment to EPA by clicking here at: NBB’s Fueling Action Center.

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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