U.S. Soy Farmers & Sustainability

Many farmers don’t realize it, but they were sustainable long before people started paying attention to it the way they do today. From crop rotation and tillage to water management and nutrient management, here are just a few facts about how sustainable U.S. soy farmers really are:  http://unitedsoybean.org/article/eight-statistics-that-prove-u-s-soybean-farmers-are-sustainable/.  

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Two NC Soybean Farmers Awarded for Service

During the NC Commodities Conference, two NC soybean growers were awarded for their service and dedication to the association and the industry throughout their board tenure. Jacob Parker was awarded the third annual Dr. Jim Dunphy Industry Award after serving on the NC Soybean Producer’s Association board for over 20 years. Starting as a state…

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Two Board Members Recognized for Service

Two North Carolina Soybean Association board members were recognized at the NC Commodities Conference on Jan. 9, 2019 for meritorious service to the soybean farmers of North Carolina. John Fleming, of Halifax County, received the President’s Award, and Boerema, of Hyde County, received the Dr. Jim Dunphy Soybean Industry Award. Fleming (pictured at left receiving…

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Trials Underway on New Soybean-Hull-Based Plastic

After Ohio soybean farmer Keith Roberts unloads his soybeans at the elevator, he often reflects on where they will be going next. “Ohio soybeans offer an abundant and renewable supply of ingredients for food and livestock feed,” says Roberts, chair of the Ohio Soybean Council’s (OSC’s) New Uses Committee. “In addition, soybeans make it possible

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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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Tractors & Trains Festival

The NCSPA was on hand last weekend for the Tractors & Trains Festival at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer, N.C. to talk to attendees about farming and answer their questions about agriculture. Board member Jason Starnes and his wife, Robin, assisted outreach education coordinator, Laura Rogers, at the NCSPA exhibit and interacted with thousands…

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To Harvest, or Not to Harvest

With many water-damaged soybeans across the state, growers question whether to harvest these crops or not. NCSU’s Ag Resources Economist Dr. Nick Piggot has put together some suggestions for answering this question. The first thing a grower needs to do is calculate what the break-even yield is to warrant combining the field. This is the minimum yield…

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Tips To Be Safe During Planting Season

With everyone busy in the fields planting this time of year, a focus on safety is even more important. Please take a moment to remind yourself of these valuable safety tips from a recent United Soybean Board article and be safe out there! http://unitedsoybean.org/article/planting-safely-six-tips-for-avoiding-accidents-this-season-2/  

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Tips for Soybean Variety Selection

Proper variety selection is one of the most important steps a soybean producer can make. It is important to devote some time to selecting the proper variety as this decision is one of the first steps to maximizing yields. If we compare the top 10% of soybean varieties grown within a single maturity group at…

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Tips For Scouting Insects

Everyone knows scouting for insects is an important part of best farm management practices and helps to minimize yield losses, but what do experts recommend in terms of scouting? Read this article from the United Soybean Board to find out:  http://unitedsoybean.org/article/researchers-weigh-in-on-top-three-insect-scouting-tips-to-minimize-yield-loss/.