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/Details
Check out THIS ARTICLE from USB for thoughts on how to manage weeds this season. Be vigilant and take action!
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…Details
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/.
We will post information on USDA Farm Service Agency, USDA Risk Management Agency, USDA Rural Development, USDA NRCS and other agencies and programs offering disaster assistance to farmers. Hurricane Matthew made a greater than anticipated impact on central and coastal North Carolina and with rivers and streams continuing to rise as floodwaters drain to the…Details
Proper variety selection is one of the first steps in producing a high-yielding, healthy crop. Choosing an appropriate variety is one of the most important decisions a soybean producer will make and one of the hardest because there are so many varieties available. Each variety has specific strengths and weaknesses that make it more- or…Details
As much of the soybean crop begins to move into reproductive stages, it’s time to start scouting for pod feeding insects. Our common pod feeding insects include corn earworm and stink bugs. In some areas of the state, stink bugs seem to be a real problem this year. And, corn earworm traps across the state…Details
With over 75% of the North Carolina soybean crop flowering and 50% setting pods, now is the time to start thinking about how disease pressure may affect your crop. Getting in the field and looking for foliar or stem diseases is critical to determining what diseases are present and if a fungicide application is needed.…Details
When it comes to weed control, growers must use every tool in their toolbox to fight the battle. One of the often overlooked tools is ensuring maximum herbicide efficacy through time of spraying. Over the last few years, a number of different research groups from universities across the Southeast have been looking at the impact…Details
There are undoubtedly many benefits to harnessing the power of data management, but the options are many. And, once a system has been implemented it takes a lot of time to use it properly, both to learn how to use it and to analyze the data so it can be used. There can challenges with…Details
With planting season on the horizon and weeds not too far behind, check out this advice from Purdue University Associate Professor, Bryan Young, PhD., about managing weed emergence in deep-till and no-till environments: http://unitedsoybean.org/article/tillage-plays-a-big-role-in-managing-herbicide-resistant-weeds-says-researcher/
Sprayer technology is becoming more advanced all the time, allowing farmers to be more sustainable. New technology is on the horizon that will continue to ensure crops are protected from pests in the most efficient, effective and environmentally manner possible. Learn more about variable-rate-technology (VRT), on-the-go nozzle control and electrostatic sprayers in THIS ARTICLE from…Details