Ag at the Ball Park

NCSPA, board members, staff and other guests enjoyed celebrating agriculture last night at the Durham Bulls game vs. the Columbus Clippers. The Bulls did not win the game, but agriculture did because thousands of fans got to learn a little more about what farmers do and how important agriculture is to North Carolina. These messages…

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Managing Early Maturing Soybeans in NC

Growers across North Carolina are becoming increasingly interested in producing earlier maturing soybean varieties (III and IV). These soybean maturity groups typically have an indeterminate growth habit, which allows simultaneous vegetative and reproductive growth over several weeks which is different than the determinate growth habit of most of the soybeans we produce in North Carolina…

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Trade Aid for Farmers Impacted by Tariffs

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced yesterday that USDA will be assisting farmers in response to the continued toll that the tariffs have taken on the industry. The administration authorized $16 billion in aid programs that will be overseen by USDA while they continue to work on trade relations. The dollar amount is an estimate…

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2019 Herbicide Classification Chart

Want more information about herbicides and herbicide premixes to easily see what their mode of action is? CLICK HERE for an updated herbicide classification chart grouped by modes of action. This will help with maintaining greater diversity in herbicide use and rotating effective herbicides with different sites of action to delay the development of herbicide…

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Seeding Rate

Seed is one of the most expensive inputs for soybean growers, so it’s essential to plant the right amount of seed to minimize input costs while still maintaining high yields, especially in years like this year where prices are low, and margins are tight. Numerous seeding rate studies carried out across the U.S. suggest that…

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Join the NCSPA at the Durham Bulls

Make plans now to join the NCSPA at the Durham Bulls’ agriculture-themed night State Fair Night on June 2. The Association is sponsoring the game to help consumers understand more about what farmers do every day, educate them about its importance in North Carolina and talk to them about soybeans. The NCSPA will have a…

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Optimizing Planting Date and Maturity Group

Soybean producers and consultants have been trying to push the yield limits on modern, high-yielding soybean varieties in recent years. One means of improving yields is by being strategic about planting timing and maturity group selection, which play a major role in achieving maximum yield potential in a given year. Weather is ultimately the driving…

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Yield Contest Changes in 2019

The North Carolina Soybean Yield Contest has a long history of recognizing top producers in the state and sharing information about which Best Management Practices may help other growers increase yields. This contest is sponsored by the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association but administered by NC State Soybean Extension. Traditionally there have been two categories…

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NCSPA at N.C. State’s Farm Animal Days

NC. State’s annual Farm Animal Days were Apr. 24-26, and the NCSPA had a booth at the event to talk to the thousands of children who attended about soy and agriculture. The event gives school children from pre-school through first grade the chance to see and touch farm animals, get in tractors, learn about agriculture…

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Homegrown in the Park in Alamance County

The NCSPA was on hand at Alamance County Farm Bureau’s Homegrown in the Park on Apr. 27. The event, held in Burlington City Park, celebrated the county’s agricultural heritage and the future of ag industry there. Many commodity associations had exhibits at the event, including the NCSPA. Board member, Michael McPherson, and his wife Renee,…

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NCSPA Educates Kids About Agriculture

The pleasant weather of spring and fall brings festivals and fun, and many events where the NCSPA can educate people about agriculture and soy. These days, most people are one or more generations removed from the farm, so the Association takes every opportunity to help people understand what growers do every day and why. Recently…

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