On October 15, 2018, the NC General Assembly established the Hurricane Florence Agricultural Disaster Program of 2018. This program is a one-time assistance program from producers who had losses occurred during the storm. The program will be administered by the NC Department of Agriculture. Applications must be submitted from November 7th to December 10th, 2018 to receive assistance. The program…Details
Below is Executive Order 81 terminating the state of emergency and transportation waiver for Hurricane Michael declared earlier this month. All Executive Orders for Hurricane Florence that have not already been rescinded (i.e. evacuation orders) remains in effect that includes the State of Emergency and any Transportation Waivers. See Executive Order 81 in its entirety below…Details
The majority of farmers today are using data to make management decisions on their farms and most are using some type of digital tool to assist with that process. But, there are still many who have not fully integrated all facets of the technology into their operation. A big factor in this is that it…Details
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue recently announced the appointment of 16 members to serve on the United Soybean Board, including Grantsboro, N.C. farmer Derek Potter. Potter has served on the United Soybean Board for the past two years, filling the seat vacated by Morris Shambley who retired. Other producers appointed to serve three-year terms include: Arkansas…Details
CLICK HERE for a collection of seasonal resources to help with harvest. It includes everything from information on safety to combine maintenance to grain storage and things to remember at the elevator.
This past Monday, October 15th, 2018, the NC General Assembly held a special session to finalize appropriations for hurricane relief funds. They approved $850 million in funding, $450 million that can be used immediately and $400 million that the legislators will decide how to spend in the coming months. Of the $850 million in hurricane…Details
Soybean growers in Pitt, Green, Lenoir, Wayne, Duplin, Sampson, and Robeson counties are eligible to apply for a Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) grant program through your NRCS office. This special program is led by Smithfield Foods and the Environmental Defense Fund to help grain farmers improve their productivity, profitability, and sustainability. SmithfieldGRO,…Details
Farmers have to track, analyze and respond to an incredible amount of data to make the best decisions for their farms. Data management systems can help make sense of it all, although getting started and understanding which system is right can be daunting. USB is publishing a four-part series that will explore how to decide…Details
CLICK HERE for a handy chart of efficacy ratings for common soybean seed treatments and foliar fungicides.
CLICK HERE for a new fact sheet you can use to assess your risk of disease in soybean. It also includes a disease risk calculator to help determine whether climatic factors and farming practices will create the perfect environment for disease development, assisting in the decision to move forward with or skip a fungicide application.
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue visited North Carolina on Monday to survey the damage from winds and flooding brought on by Hurricane Florence. Congressman David Rouzer joined Secretary Perdue and USDA’s Cheif of Staff & NC native Ray Starling. The team spent the first part of the morning, riding through eastern NC to see the effects that…Details
As flood waters begin to recede and you are able to get back in flooded fields and assess damage to crops the question of “how bad do my soybeans look” and “do I have to harvest my flooded soybeans” will be on a lot of minds. The first step will be to document everything. This…Details